The bus company involved in last November's deadly crash has settled a fifth case in Hamilton County Circuit Court.
Durham School Services will pay $250,000, plus another $73,000 in medical expenses, to a 9-year-old boy who suffered a concussion, a broken arm, cuts to his liver and permanent scarring on his arms in the Nov. 21, 2016, wreck on Talley Road in Brainerd that killed six Woodmore Elementary School students.
The boy's older sister, Zoie Nash, was one of the children killed in the crash.
His family will receive periodic payments until he turns 32, records show, and Circuit Court Judge J.B. Bennett approved the settlement on Dec. 19.
"We got it resolved, which is nice," said attorney Lloyd Levitt, who represented the boy's family. "This resolves his claims and we'll leave him with money when he's ready to go to college."
Durham School Services, the private company that provides the majority of the county's school buses, faces about 30 pending lawsuits in connection with the crash, along with its driver, Johnthony Walker.
The Dec. 19 settlement releases Walker, Durham and Durham's parent company, National Express, from any more medical bills from this minor or his family.
So far, the company has settled four other cases, including one with the boy's mother, Misti Nash.
Over in Hamilton County Criminal Court, 25-year-old Walker faces 34 crimes from the crash, including six counts of vehicular homicide, and is scheduled to stand trial Feb. 27. Walker made bond in October and is on supervised release.
Prosecutors recently said Walker received a phone call at the time of the crash and was speeding when he lost control of bus 366 around 3:20 p.m. that day.
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This story was updated Dec. 27, 2017, at 11:08 p.m. with more information.