Disney to settle suit over crash

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “We are still grieving the loss of our son Marcelo, but we understand that we must move forward,” the family said in a statement. “There is no money possible to pay for his life … ever, but that is the only remedy the law can provide. Now, that this exhausting emotional process has finally concluded and we have our answers, we will hopefully have some closure.” A second lawsuit brought by the family of Torres’ best friend, Vicente Gutierrez, was also settled. Both cases were to be tried together beginning Monday. Gutierrez was sitting in the car next to Torres and suffered substantial injuries. He also suffered from post- traumatic stress disorder and is recovering, according to Wylie Aitken, the attorney representing both the Torres family and Gutierrez. A third suit brought on behalf of other passengers injured in the crash has also been settled, Disney spokesman Rob Doughty said. “We all deeply regret that the tragic accident occurred and are terribly saddened by the grievous pain this caused the Torres family,” Doughty said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Walt Disney Co. has agreed to settle a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by the family of a 22-year-old man killed on a roller coaster at Disneyland in 2003. Disney said Friday it accepts responsibility for incorrectly performing maintenance on the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad ride. An axle assemble came loose on the ride on Sept. 5, 2003, causing the first passenger car to jackknife and slam into the lead car, which is shaped to resemble a locomotive. The accident caused the death of Marcelo Torres of Gardena, who suffered severe blunt force trauma and extensive internal bleeding. Terms of the settlement were confidential. But Torres’ family said it would take $500,000 from the settlement to establish a memorial scholarship at Brooks College for aspiring animators. Torres graduated from the school and planned on a career in animation. last_img