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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Child struck after falling off

Alyssa fell from a section of the X-Wave that was in the air; when she stood up to get back on, she was hit in the head as that section was coming down, her family said in 2010.

Alyssa was taken from the school in full cardiac arrest and died at a Miami hospital.

“The equipment has since been removed from the school's property,” Wyandotte Superintendent Troy Gray said Thursday.

“This was such a tragic accident. We miss Alyssa every day,” Gray said.

After Alyssa's death, at least six other Oklahoma school districts — Moore, Edmond, Oklahoma City, Putnam City, Deer Creek and Norman — either removed the playground equipment or kept children off it.

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