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Bus company settles another suit in connection with 2016 fatal crash in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Dec. 29, 2017
9-year-old boy injured in crash that killed 6 will receive more than $300,000

The transportation company involved in a November 2016 school bus crash in Chattanooga, Tenn., that killed six students has settled a fifth lawsuit.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports Durham School Services will pay $250,000, plus another $73,000 in medical expenses, to a 9-year-old boy who suffered a concussion, a broken arm, cuts to his liver and permanent scarring on his arms in the Nov. 21, 2016, wreck that killed six students who attended Woodmore Elementary School.

The boy's older sister, Zoie Nash, was one of the children killed in the crash.

His family will receive periodic payments until he turns 32, records show.

"We got it resolved, which is nice," says attorney Lloyd Levitt, who represented the boy's family. "This resolves his claims and we'll leave him with money when he's ready to go to college."

Durham School Services, the company that provides the majority of school bus transportation in the Hamilton County district, faces about 30 pending lawsuits in connection with the crash, along with the bus driver, Johnthony Walker.

So far, the company has settled four other cases, including one with the boy's mother, Misti Nash.

In Hamilton County Criminal Court, Walker, 25, faces 34 crimes in connection with the crash, including six counts of vehicular homicide. He is scheduled to stand trial in February.

Prosecutors allege that Walker was speeding and received a phone call at the time of the crash. He lost control of the bus.

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