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Family of Va. man killed by city truck gets $500k

Monday - 7/23/2012, 4:13pm  ET

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The family of a homeless man who was killed by a trash truck has accepted a $500,000 settlement from Virginia Beach and its contractor.

Circuit Judge H. Thomas Padrick Jr. initially rejected the settlement during a hearing Monday after Michael Knockett's three biological children had said they agreed to accept $900,000. But the family reconvened about 15 minutes after changing their minds, and accepted the $500,000 instead of taking the wrongful-death lawsuit to a jury.

A trash truck ran over Knockett as he slept on a chair on the beach in June 2010.

The city will pay $475,000 and the contractor will cover the remaining $25,000, according to The Virginian-Pilot ( http://bit.ly/OjuVzZ).

City attorney Christopher Boynton denies that the city and its contractor offered to pay the higher sum.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com


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