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Court Approves Schmidt Kramer Settlement Petition Arising From Pedestrian Death

Posted On Behalf of Schmidt Kramer Injury Lawyers on May 14, 2012 in News

A $100,000 insurance settlement has been approved to benefit the 3-year-old son of a woman who died after being hit by a car while trying to cross the Carlisle Pike in Hampden Twp.

The accord sanctioned by Cumberland County Judge J. Wesley Oler Jr. comes more than two years after the death of Kathleen A.

Conn, 23, of Hampden Twp. Conn had been drinking at a nightclub before she tried to cross the pike on foot near Van Patten Drive about 2:30 a.m. on Nov. 12, 2006, and was hit by a car driven by Tegan Ritchey, 24, of Hampden Twp., police said.Friends had tried to give Conn a lift, but she refused, police said.

She died hours after the accident in Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. No charges were filed in the crash.

Conn’s family reached a $15,000 settlement with Ritchey’s insurer last year. The settlement Oler approved is between Conn’s mother, Kathleen A. Smith of Telford, and Erie Insurance Exchange, the insurer for Justin R. Self of Hampden Twp., the father of Conn’s son. The money will be paid from the underinsured motorist coverage of Self’s policy. More than $49,000 is to be deposited in an interest-bearing account for Conn’s and Self’s son that will mature in 2023. Another $25,000 will go to Schmidt Kramer, the Harrisburg personal injury law firm that represented the Conn’s family, and the rest will cover bills from Conn’s death. MATT MILLER: 249-2006 or ©2009 Patriot-News© 2009 All Rights Reserved.