By Dan Tracy
A $750,000 out-of-court settlement has been approved by an Orlando judge for the parents of a 5-year-old boy killed in 1982 when he was run over by a garbage truck.
“The money is not designed to compensate for the child, but to compensate them for their grief,” said lawyer Russell Troutman, who represented the parents, Richard Ferber and Salli Rubio.
The agreement was approved Thursday.
It was reached Wednesday just before the case was to go to trial in Orange Circuit Court.
Ferber and Rubio were suing the garbage pickup company, Central Service Corp. of Orlando, and the driver.
Troutman said he had intended to ask the jury for $1.3 million.
Two insurance companies, one from Illinois and the other from Massachusetts, will make the payment.
The money will be sent to an Orlando banker, who will distribute it on order of Judge William Gridley, who presided over the ease. The parents are divorced and cannot agree on how the money should be divided, Troutman said.
Robert Ferber, 5, was living with his father on Azalea Drive near the Orlando Naval Training Center the day of the accident, Dec. 28, 1982.
According to court documents, Troutman, and Harry Anderson, who represented Central Service, the youngster went outside to ride his bicycle.
A large Central Service truck driven by Willie Davis was on the street. The boy rode his bike in front of the vehicle, which was stopped for a pickup.
Davis, who had left the cab to dump some cans, got back into the truck without seeing the boy. He drove forward and ran over the youngster.
The Orlando Sentinel
Sat., June 22,1985