SF Tiger Attack Victim’s Family Settles Suit
Feb 13, 2009 5:03 pm US/Pacific
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5) ? The parents of a 17-year-old killed in a tiger attack at the San Francisco Zoo on Christmas Day 2007 settled a wrongful death lawsuit against the city and the zoo Friday, the family’s lawyer said.
Marilza and Carlos Sousa of San Jose had filed the wrongful death suit in San Francisco Superior Court almost a year after Carlos Sousa Jr. was killed when a Siberian tiger named Tatiana escaped its enclosure.
The suit was settled for an undisclosed amount that will be paid in full by the zoo’s insurance company, according to attorney Michael Cardoza.
As a result, all legal action by the Sousa family against the zoo and the city was dismissed, Cardoza said.
He indicated that zoo officials had also agreed to put up a Sousa memorial bench on the zoo grounds.
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