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$5.8M settlement in Calif. off-road race crash

SANTA ANA, Calif. — A lawyer says an agreement has been reached to pay $5.8 million to the families of eight people killed and 12 injured in a California desert off-road race crash.

Attorney Katherine Harvey-Lee said Wednesday an agreement was reached in mediation with federal government lawyers.

Harvey-Lee says the agreement still must be approved by the Department of Justice and signed off by a judge. She says she represents three injured spectators and the father of one of those killed.

Under the agreement, she says the Bureau of Land Management would pay $4.825 million and race organizers and promoters would pay their $1 million insurance policy limit.

A message was left for the BLM seeking comment.

The crash occurred in 2010 when a truck crashed through spectators at a desert race.

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SDforward | December 19, 2013 at 7:42 a.m. ― 10 months ago

As tragic as this accident was, I don't understand why the Federal government (through BLM) is paying out. All they did was give a permit to a private organization to use its land. I'm tired of the Federal gov't being a cash cow just because they take a lot of taxpayer money. There is no reason we (taxpayers) should be making these families millionaires because their family members decided to witness a dangerous event in the desert or because the event organizer was deficient in keeping it safe.

The original article states: "The BLM issued a statement saying safety was the responsibility of the race organizer, South El Monte-based Mojave Desert Racing. MDR's permit required racers to travel 15 mph or less when they were within 50 feet of fans, and allowed no more than 300 spectators for the event, the agency said."

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