Judge approves settlement for child hit by a Columbia police officer

6 months 2 days 16 hours ago Monday, August 26 2019 Aug 26, 2019 Monday, August 26, 2019 3:20:00 PM CDT August 26, 2019 in News
By: Shoshana Dubnow, KOMU 8 Reporter and Trinidy Thompson, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
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COLUMBIA - The Columbia Public School District reached a $125,000 settlement with the family of Gabriella Curry on Monday. Curry is the four-year-old girl who was killed by a Columbia Police Department vehicle in January.

A Boone County judge approved this settlement, which will be split between Curry's parents and their attorneys.

In a separate case in May, the City of Columbia came to a $3.4 million dollar settlement with the Curry family. Each of Curry's parents received more than $1.1 million dollars, while their attorneys, Eng and Woods, received more than $1.7 million. The city also covered funeral costs, which totaled just under $27,000.

Curry was struck by Columbia police officer Andria Heese while she was driving her department SUV on the sidewalk at Battle High School. Curry was pronounced dead at University Hospital shortly after. Heese was placed on administrative leave the following day.

According to a crash report released from February, one witness said Heese "wasn't speeding, she wasn't going fast. I don't know how she didn't see the little girl. She drove up on the curb where they park all the time."

The crash report said it was unclear whether Heese's vision was obstructed at the time of the incident. 

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