Wrongful death lawsuit settled

Posted: Tuesday, July 29, 2003

FAIRBANKS (AP) A wrongful death lawsuit filed after a warehouseman was killed by falling pipe has been settled.

Daniel Hoppe, 31, died May 19, 1999, was fatally injured as he unloaded pipe from a trailer in the front lot of Crescent Electric Supply in South Fairbanks.

The lawsuit had been scheduled to go to trial in June.

Hoppe's father in May 2001 filed the lawsuit against Allied Tube & Conduit Corp., Alaska Cargo Transport, Aloha Cargo Transport, D&S Transport and several individuals.

The lawsuit said the defendants were responsible for Hoppe's death because they failed to properly load the pipe or secure it safely.

Alaska State Troopers investigated the incident. They said it appeared Hoppe was cutting bands securing pipe to the trailer when the weight shifted and a bundle of about 25 steel pipes 10 feet long and 3 1/2 inches in diameter fell on him. The bundle weighed about 2,000 pounds.

Attorneys in the case did not release settlement terms.

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