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$1.27 million settlement approved for family of teen killed at Ohio State Fair

A financial settlement of $1.27 million has been approved to settle claims by the family of 18-year-old Tyler Jarrell.
Tyler Jarrell (Marine Corps Recruiting South Columbus Ohio | Facebook)

A financial settlement of $1.27 million has been approved to settle claims by the family of 18-year-old Tyler Jarrell.

Jarrell was killed in July 2017 when the Fire Ball ride at the Ohio State Fair broke apart.

The settlement, which according to court records is only partial, involves Jarrell’s family, Amusements of America, the operator of the Fire Ball, and Comspeq and Soil Consultants, two companies that inspected the ride before the July 26 crash.

Attorneys for Jarrell’s family say they are “continuing the case against KMG (the Fire Ball’s manufacturer) and other potential defendants.”

The exact amount of the settlement is $1,271,195.40. It includes $19,168.98 in funeral expenses, $317,798.85 in attorney’s fees, and $63,438.98 for expenses relating to the legal case. The remaining $870,788.59 would go to Jarrell’s parents.

"At the time of his untimely death, Tyler Jarrell was 18 years old,” the settlement papers read. “He was a senior at Franklin Heights High School, where he was a 4-year member of the NJROTC. He was also a 4-year member of the Active Quarter Master Explorers with the Columbus Division of Police, and he had just enlisted July 21, 2017, with the U.S. Marine Corps and would have begun his service this year."

"Tyler had an extremely bright future....(he) was an amazing young man- he was what every parent hopes and dreams their child will be."

The settlement required the approval of a Franklin County Probate Court Judge, who signed off on the proposal Wednesday.

The Fire Ball crash injured seven others, four of them critically.

On Tuesday, a Licking County Court approved a settlement for Jennifer Lambert. She suffered a traumatic brain injury and is currently at an intermediate care facility.

Lambert's attorney says “it is unknown whether she will ever be self-supporting.”

Under her settlement, Lambert is set to receive $1,103,953.31 out of a total $1,769,703.40.