Lawsuit settled in death of Overland Park boy at Alabama airport

Lawsuit settled in death of Overland Park boy at Alabama airport

The death of a 10-year-old Overland Park boy at the Birmingham, Ala., airport last year was a horrible accident. Now his family is trying to create a legacy of good out of tragedy.

On Wednesday, the parents and four siblings of Luke Bresette traveled to Birmingham to settle a wrongful death lawsuit with those responsible and to discuss a foundation in Luke’s name.

“We definitely have hope for the future and are trying to move forward for ourselves and our kids,” said Heather Bresette, mother of Luke, who was killed when a large display sign toppled on him at the airport.

Terms of the financial settlement were kept confidential.

“I can say that the amount of compensation is reasonable and commensurate with the losses suffered by the family,” their attorney, Tim Dollar, said.

To honor Luke, the family also promoted the Live Like Luke Foundation, which will help other children affected by tragedy or hardships realize their dreams.

The foundation is intended to help carry forth his name and love for life.

The Bresettes had been returning home from a Florida spring break vacation on March 22, 2013, when a large flight information sign weighing several hundred pounds fell on several family members at a new terminal at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.

The lawsuit said the sign was unstable and named contractors, the architect and sign company as defendants. On Wednesday, Dollar commended the defendants for agreeing to make changes to assure similar tragedies are avoided in the future. (This story was posted at

News reports compiled by the staff of Attorney Steve Sanders from various news sources. Contact the Sanders.Law if you need more information or have questions concerning wrongful deaths or verdicts and settlements. Our firm works hard to make the community a better place. Incidents like this should never happen. We strive to make the streets safe for our clients, our friends, and our families, one case at a time.


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