A Douglas County judge Wednesday approved a $250,000 settlement in a lawsuit over the 2009 death of a 21-year-old Lecompton man in a motorcycle accident on the South Lawrence Trafficway.
According to a journal entry signed by Chief District Judge Robert Fairchild, the administrator of the estate of Jason P. Kenney reached the settlement with Travelers Insurance, carrier for the other driver, Karissa A. Pinegar, who was driving a vehicle that struck the motorcycle Kenney was riding on.
The crash occurred Nov. 6, 2009, near the Lecompton interchange. According to the suit, Kenney and driver Matthew Smith were headed south on the SLT, also Kansas Highway 10, when the motorcycle was struck by Pinegar’s northbound vehicle as she attempted to turn left to enter the Lecompton interchange of the Kansas Turnpike.
Kenney died days later. Plaintiffs in the suit alleged Pinegar’s negligence caused the accident.
According to the settlement, $140,000 will go into an annuity for Kenney’s natural daughter, Sophia Guilbert, who is now 2 and has been adopted by a Dallas family. Also, about $76,000 will go to the administrator of Kenney’s estate and to help pay Medicaid expenses for his care before he died.