Lawyer: $5.8M settlement in off-road race crash

AP News
Posted: Dec 18, 2013 3:54 PM

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — An agreement has been reached to pay $5.8 million to the families of eight people killed and 12 injured in a California desert off-road race crash in 2010, a lawyer said Wednesday.

Attorney Katherine Harvey-Lee said the deal was reached in mediation on Tuesday with federal government lawyers. The incident occurred when a truck crashed through spectators at the California 200 race in the Mojave Desert.

The agreement still must be approved by the Department of Justice and by a judge, said Harvey-Lee, who represents three injured spectators and the father of one person killed.

Under the agreement, the Bureau of Land Management would pay $4.825 million and race organizers and promoters Mojave Desert Racing Inc., and Mojave Desert Racing Productions Inc., would pay their $1 million insurance policy limit, she said.

Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles, declined to comment on the agreement. A message was left for the BLM seeking comment.

A message was also left for lawyers representing Mojave Desert Racing.