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Settlement in Bus Stop Accident

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A settlement has been reached stemming from a deadly accident at a school bus stop on Route 97 two years ago.  Ashley Clark a13-year-old Fort LeBouef student was hit by a car and killed as she crossed the road to board her bus. A second student, Taz Gianelli was hurt.

Sources are confirming a report first published in the Erie Times news, that the insurance companies for both the Fort LeBoeuf School District, and the driver of the car, Tyler Festa, will pay Clark's estate a collective 350 thousand dollar settlement. Festa's portion is 25 thousand.

The settlement means there will be no additional liability claims stemming from the deadly accident.

Charges against Festa including homicide by vehicle, and reckless endangerment were re-instated by PA Superior court last spring, after the most serious counts were dismissed in Erie County Court. The PA Supreme court is reviewing the case.

 A source also confirms that school officials had been asked before the fatal accident to change the bus stop for safety reasons, so that students would not have to cross the road to board the bus.  Those changes were made, but not until after the deadly accident. With the settlement, the district admits no wrong doing in the tragic accident.  The case against Festa, meantime, may end up back in court.

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