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Family settles death case for $1.4 million

(AP) The family of a man killed in an unlikely auto mishap has settled a wrongful death claim against the driver for $1.4 million.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the insurance company for 80-year-old David Limbrick, the driver, has agreed to pay William “Bill’ Hillsman’s mother and three siblings $1.4 million for his Feb. 26 death.

Authorities say Limbrick had suffered a seizure while driving in February, causing him to lose control. The car crashed into the side of Hillsman’s home, killing Hillsman instantly as he sat in his kitchen.

Richmond’s John Owen, attorney for the Hillsman family, told the newspaper Monday both parties were able to resolve the issue short of having to file a lawsuit. Owen says the settlement with Travelers Insurance Co. was approved Friday by Chesterfield Circuit Judge Edward A. Robbins Jr.

The settlement was the result of mediation with retired Chesterfield Judge Michael Allen, Owen said.

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