Pittsburgh offers $375K in falling tree settlement

PITTSBURGH (AP) — City Council has preliminarily approved paying $375,000 to settle the city’s share of a lawsuit filed by a dental hygienist injured by a falling tree while jogging in a city park.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (http://bit.ly/145eWCv ) reports the amount approved Wednesday must still be formally approved in another vote by council.

Twenty-nine-year-old Heidi Spangler sued the city, Duquesne Light, a tree service and a construction company over the large rotting tree that fell onto the Schenley Park oval track on which she was jogging in June 2010.

Spangler suffered rib and spinal fractures and lost control of her bladder and bowel functions and sought $2.6 million for medical expenses, lost wages and other damages.

The other parties have already settled, but have not commented or declined to do so, citing a confidentiality agreement.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, http://pghtrib.com

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