Columbia settles in girl’s death for about $3.4 million

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COLUMBIA, Mo. – Documents show the city of Columbia settled a claim with the family of a 4-year-old girl who was struck and killed by a police vehicle for just under $3.4 million.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports documents released Friday show the parents of Gabriella Curry will each receive about $1.1 million and funeral expenses, with the remainder going to attorneys.

Gabriella Curry died Jan. 4 when a police vehicle driven by officer Andrea Heese struck her outside of Battle High School in Columbia.

Heese was driving in the school bus loading area at Battle and drove onto the sidewalk, striking Curry, according to initial reports from the Missouri Highway Patrol.

The patrol is investigating the incident. Heese, a five-year veteran of the department, is on administrative leave pending the investigation.

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