The Kansas City Council will vote Thursday on a $475,000 settlement of a lawsuit over a fatal skateboard accident in the Northland.
The council’s finance committee endorsed the settlement Wednesday and placed it on Thursday’s consent docket, meaning the settlement is very likely to be approved.
The city attorney’s office and the plaintiffs’ attorneys have declined to comment.
The lawsuit alleged that Kansas City failed to rectify dangerous road conditions where the accident occurred March 22, 2014, on westbound Winn Road near North Bellefontaine Avenue in Clay County.
Two boys were riding a skateboard at that location when a minivan struck them. One boy, 8-year-old Jorden Hale, was killed, and 6-year-old Jesus Gonzalez was badly injured.
Their mothers sued the city, the driver and the Walnut Grove apartment complex where the boys were playing.
The lawsuit alleged that Winn Road had significant amounts of traffic and pedestrians but no sidewalks, shoulders, crosswalks or other features to keep people safe.
The city subsequently has budgeted money for sidewalks in that area, and construction is expected to begin next spring.