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Lawsuit settled between Disney and family of boy killed by Disney bus

Leah Zanolla | Posted: Sep 7, 2012 | Updated: Sep 7, 2012 - 8:57:19 PM
A lawsuit has been settled between Disney and the family of 9-year-old Chase Brubaker. On April 1, 2010, Chase was riding his bike on Big Pine Road at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground, when he veered into the street and was struck by a Disney bus. The boy was pronounced dead at the scene.

Walt Disney World spokeswoman Andrea Finger said, "The case has been settled to the parties' satisfaction," but the terms remain confidential.

In the suit, Chase's family claimed "Walt Disney World failed Brubaker and caused his death by neglecting to design a road that would keep him safe from harm." Their attorney, Karen Terry said, "They created a foreseeable zone of danger where they knew children and pedestrians would be." In court documents, the family said Chase "was killed because the sidewalk is too close to the road, the bus wasn't properly maintained and the bus driver didn't get adequate breaks throughout the day."

The Florida Highway Patrol cleared Disney of any wrongdoing and wrote in the crash report that the cause of the accident was a flat tire on the bike.


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