A Massachusetts man who lost his leg in 2006 in a valet accident at Foxwoods Resort and Casino, located in Ledyard, Conn., reached a $2.9 million settlement with the tribe that runs the casino. The Foxwood property includes Lake of Isles, a private club managed by Troon Golf for the Mashantucket Pequot tribe (“Ace of Clubs?” C&RB, June 2005).
According to the Norwich Bulletin, Mashantucket Pequot Gaming Enterprises agreed to settle with 68-year-old Richard Murch of Tewksbury, Mass., minutes before the start of trial in Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Court. The settlement includes $100,000 from the owner of the vehicle that was left in gear when a Foxwoods valet reached in and started the engine, according to the suit. Murch was standing behind the trunk of his own vehicle when the other car lurched forward and hit him.
Murch, a retired assistant general manager of a utility company, was at Foxwoods celebrating his 45th wedding anniversary on Nov. 20, 2006, when the accident occurred. Lawyers said the settlement will help pay for Murch’s medical expenses, prosthetic leg and help him to create a handicap-accessible home.
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