Originally created 04/15/04

Parents of girl killed by hockey puck got $1.2 million from league, others



COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The parents of a 13-year-old girl killed by a hockey puck got $1.2 million in a settlement with the NHL and other groups, according to a copy of the agreement made public Wednesday under an appeals court order.

Brittanie Cecil's family reached the settlement last year, but it was sealed until Wednesday, when the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that it was a public record and must be made public in response to a request from WBNS-TV of Columbus.

Brittanie died after being struck at a March 2002 Columbus Blue Jackets game.

The team, the NHL and Nationwide Arena agreed to pay $705,000 to Jody Sergent, the girl's mother, and $470,000 to David Cecil, the girl's father.

The high court ruled 6-1 that Preble County Probate Judge Wilfred Dues erred in creating an exception to the state's public records laws to protect the family's privacy rights.

Attorneys for the family received an additional $538,000, the settlement said. It also included $13,000 for funeral expenses.