Family of fan killed in Red Sox less lethal accident settles lawsuit


The Associated Press

BOSTON- The family of a 21-year-old college student killed during a Red Sox victory celebration has settled its $10 million wrongful death lawsuit against the maker of the pepper-pellet gun that police used to try to subdue the crowd.

A federal judge, at the request of the family of Victoria Snelgrove and gun manufacturer FN Herstal USA, dismissed the suit more than a month ago. The Boston Globe reported the development on Friday.

Details of the out-of-court settlement have been kept secret. Lawyers for the family, FN Herstal, and the city of Boston would not comment.

Snelgrove, an Emerson College student from East Bridgewater, died hours after she was hit in the eye socket with a pepper-spray pellet fired by a police officer outside Fenway Park on Oct. 21, 2004, after Boston beat the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series.

Last year, the city paid a $5.1 million settlement to Snelgrove's parents. As part of that agreement, the city agreed to cooperate in any legal action taken against FN Herstal and share in the proceeds of any damages recovered.

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