Scottsdale to pay portion of Barela wrongful death claims

The city of Scottsdale has approved a payment of $166,666.68 to settle wrongful death claims against the city that resulted in the loss of life of two people: Albino and Samantha Barela.

The total settlement is $500,000, with the remaining portion paid by co-defendants in the case.

The out-of-court settlement will be made in two separate payments of $83,333.34 to survivors of both Mr. Barela and Ms. Barela. The Scottsdale City Council approved the item by consent at its Sept. 12 regular meeting.

The wrongful death suit arises out of a motorcycle accident that occurred during the Arizona Special Olympics Torch Ride on March 28, 2015, according to a Sept. 12 staff report.

Both Mr. Barela and Ms. Barela lost their lives when their motorcycle collided into the side of a motor vehicle, which is believed to have entered into the intersection of East Gray Road and Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard on a green light. However, conflicting eye witness accounts exist, the report states.

Surviving beneficiaries brought claims against the municipality, Special Olympics and Chester’s Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Dealership alleging event promoters should have provided traffic control officers at the subsequent intersection where the accident occurred, records show.

A mediation of the matter was conducted last month, whereas a resolution was struck emboldened in the out-of-court settlement approved by all parties.

The proposed settlement requires the city to pay one-third of the total $500,000 settlement while both the Special Olympics and Chester’s Harley-Davidson Dealership insurance policy will cover the remaining portion.

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