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Settlement Reached in Death of Bentonville Teen

BENTONVILLE, AR-- The case named the other driver for his part in causing the collision, Chrysler and the maker of the seat belt which the family believes failed during the collision.
"My clients are grateful that they are able to celebrate Sara’s life on Monday which would have been her 20th birthday at home instead of a courtroom."
BENTONVILLE, AR-- The family of a Bentonville High School teen killed in a car crash has reached a settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit, according to their attorney.

The case, which was scheduled to go to trial in Benton County Circuit Court Monday, named the other driver, Kendall Riggins, for his part in causing the collision. It also named Chrysler, the manufacturer of Symons' 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Key Safety Systems, the maker of the seat belt which the family believes failed during the collision.

The 17 year-old senior was killed while traveling on Interstate 540 on September 1st, 2011. Sara had been named to the BHS homecoming court that very day.

As part of the settlement, the parties named in the lawsuit will pay the family a undisclosed sum of money.  The family's attorney, says the point of the case was to clear up misconceptions about the accident.

"Through discovery of phone records and expert investigation it was shown that Sara did nothing wrong which lead to her death," a statement from Sean Keith read. "That included wearing her seatbelt and neither texting or talking on the phone. My clients are grateful that they are able to celebrate Sara’s life on Monday which would have been her 20th birthday at home instead of a courtroom."

The Symons family started a foundation in their daughter's honor and have handed out more than a dozen scholarships in her name to Bentonville High School graduates.

Read more about Sara Symons.
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