Two Birmingham based contractors will not be heading to court next month over the fatal sign collapse at the Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport in 2013. The Bresette family was able to reach a settlement with Brasfield & Gorrie and BLOC. It was approved Wednesday. Attorneys for the companies say they're committed to doing what's right for the family and the community.
In a statement, the Brasfield & Gorrie/BLOC team said, "The Bresettes are a wonderful family that endured a devastating tragedy on March 22, 2013. The Brasfield & Gorrie/BLOC team cooperated with the family throughout the lawsuit investigation. We have worked together to have an open dialog about the events leading up to the accident and steps that can be taken in the future to prevent anything like this from happening again."
The companies also wrote, "we continue to pray for the Bresette family's physical and emotional healing."
Luke Bresette was killed and his mother and two younger brothers were injured when a display monitor fell on the family. 10 year old Sam broke his ankle and nose. He and his 7 year old brother, Tyler, also suffered concussions. Their older siblings, Anna and Joseph, weren't hurt. But they saw the entire event.
The settlement is sealed, so details will not be released. But the money will go to the children.
Following the hearing, Luke's father, Ryan Bresette, said his son believed in forgiveness, so the family forgave those involved. He thanked everyone for their support and said the family was no focused on moving forward.