The survivor of one car crash and family of a girl who was killed in another near a Battle Ground school bus stop will collectively receive nearly $1.7 million in pending settlement deals.
Justin Carey, now 22, and Elizabeth Smith were both struck by vehicles near a Battle Ground Public Schools bus stop near the corner of Northeast 289th Street and 82nd Avenue. Elizabeth, who was 11, died from her injuries.
Carey and Elizabeth’s family filed a joint lawsuit in 2017 against Clark County, Battle Ground Public Schools and the district’s transportation contractor, Cascade Student Transportation, as well as the individuals who struck them. They alleged negligence by the bus company, school district and county in providing safe transportation to students.
While the details of both settlements are still being finalized, the dollar amounts have been determined. Elizabeth’s family will receive nearly a half-million dollars minus attorney’s fees, according to court records. Justin Carey, who lost his lower right leg in a crash at the same bus stop in 2013, is expected to receive about $1.2 million, according to settlement records and an attorney for the school district.
Elizabeth, who was a student at Daybreak Primary and Middle School, was struck by a southbound minivan on Oct. 19, 2016, after she crossed 82nd Avenue to visit with friends who were waiting on the other side of the street.