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YMCA drowning suit settled out of court

September 27, 1999|By BRENDAN KIRBY

The parents of a Hagerstown girl who drowned at the YMCA two years ago have settled their lawsuit against the YMCA and the youth organization she belonged to, according to attorneys involved in the case.

Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

The agreement, which was reached last week, came just days before the scheduled start of trial in Washington County Circuit Court.

Kari Trumpower was 7 years old when she was found at the bottom of a pool at the Hagerstown YMCA on North Potomac Street on Sept. 11, 1997. She died a week later.

"The whole thing was a tragedy. It's a hard topic," said Maureen Grove, the executive director of Girls Inc., which had sponsored the swimming trip to the YMCA.

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The girl's parents, Grove and officials of the Hagerstown YMCA declined to discuss the details of the settlement.

"It was settled to the satisfaction of all parties," said Michael Flicek, YMCA executive director.

Hagerstown City Police investigated the drowning and ruled that Kari's death was an accident.

Kari's parents, Lloyd Pearson Jr. and Karen Trumpower, filed a $6 million wrongful death suit last December.

The suit alleged that Kari Trumpower's death was the result of negligence on the part of Girls Inc. and the YMCA.

Attorneys for the various parties negotiated over several possible settlement offers, according to court records.

A $750,000 offer made in July was rejected.

Pearson said in July that he wanted a plaque to memorialize his daughter, a trust fund in her name and Flicek's resignation.

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