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Lawsuit settled in Oklahoma child's playground death

Alyssa Avila, a fourth-grader, died in 2010 after falling from playground equipment at the Wyandotte Elementary School. An autopsy showed the cause of death likely was a severe concussion.
BY SHEILA STOGSDILL Modified: October 24, 2013 at 9:14 pm •  Published: October 24, 2013
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— The mother of a 9-year-old Wyandotte student who died after falling off school playground equipment has settled a lawsuit for an undisclosed amount against the school district and two companies.

Alyssa Avila, a fourth-grader, died Aug. 19, 2010, after falling from an X-Wave, which resembles a teeter-totter, at the Wyandotte Elementary School playground. An autopsy showed the cause of death likely was a severe concussion.

The lawsuit was settled Oct. 15 against Xccent Inc., Noah's Parks and Playground and the Wyandotte School District, according to documents filed in the Ottawa County District Court.

Mark Ramsey, an attorney for Cathy Collins, Alyssa's mother, confirmed the settlement but said a confidentiality agreement prevented him from releasing the details.

Collins declined to comment.

Xccent Inc., based in Minnesota, manufactured the X-Wave. Noah's Parks and Playgrounds, an Edmond-based company, sold it to the school. Telephone messages left at both businesses were not returned.

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