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Jury Splits Blame in Neosho Boy's Death

April 30, 2006 - Posted at 12:43 p.m. CST

NEOSHO, Mo. (AP) _ A jury has awarded 500-thousand dollars in

damages to the parents of a Southeast Missouri boy who died beneath

the wheels of a school bus more than two years ago.

Authorities say six-year-old Jacob Wright had just gotten off

the bus on December 16th, 2004, he turned back, tripped and fell

under the wheels. He was struck by the back right wheel of the bus.

John and Terri Wright sued the Neosho school district and the

bus driver's estate, seeking eight million dollars in

compensation for the death of their son and the emotional trauma

done to his older brother, who witnessed the accident.

Because the jury found the boy was 50 percent responsible for

his death, the jury's one million dollar award was halved by

the Newton County Circuit Court.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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