City of Sioux Falls settles lawsuit over Falls Park drowning
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - The City of Sioux Falls has agreed to pay $500,000 to the family of a girl who drowned at Falls Park in 2018 in order to settle a negligence lawsuit.
The settlement is in connection to the death of 5-year-old Maggie Zaiger, who drowned after falling into the Big Sioux River at Falls Park on March 18, 2018.
According to a press release from the city, the city filed a motion with Courtney Jayne, Maggie’s mother, requesting that the court approve the $500,000 settlement to end the federal lawsuit. The agreement states that the settlement is “not an admission of fault or liability by either party but rather a compromise of disputed claims.”
The city has also agreed to place portable signs in the park warning visitors to keep away from foam in the river.
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