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A Los Angeles, California jury has awarded more than $10 million to the parents of a first grade student killed when struck by a van in an improperly designed school parking lot. The jury found that the lot was not built in accordance with the state-approved plans, and that hte school was aware of its dangerous design before the accident.

Reacting to the verdict, the child’s father said he intended to use the money to open a foundation to address safety issues at schools nationwide. Mark J. Henderson, the attorney for the victim’s family said that he hoped the verdict would draw attention to parking and traffic safety on school campuses.

We would all do well as parents and concerned citizens to be alert to these issues in our own communities.

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