Settlement reached in marble death
Published: Sunday, December 1, 2002 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, November 30, 2002 at 10:48 p.m.
TALLAHASSEE - The parents of a 6-year-old boy killed after two tons of marble and granite fell on him reached a $2.5 million settlement with a business, the family's attorney said.
Brandon Moeller died Feb. 1 at Unique Marble & Granite in Tallahassee. Richard and Cheryl Moeller later sued the company in Leon Circuit Civil Court, claiming that the business overloaded racks and placed them too closely together so they tumbled like dominoes.
The family was browsing when several slabs of marble and granite fell on Brandon and his father, according to court documents.
Brandon, the Moellers' only son, died. Richard Moeller suffered a broken leg and an injured arm, according to court records.
Unique Marble & Granite will pay most of the settlement, which was reached Wednesday, said Hal Lewis III, the Moellers' attorney. The rest will come from another company that built the storage racks holding the slabs.
"It was a tragic accident; we were devastated by this," said Marlene Campos, who owns the marble company with her husband Mauricio.
"I can't imagine what they are feeling, but as a mother I feel their pain. Every time I think about it, tears come to my eyes."
The Moellers have established a charitable fund in honor of their son and a memorial Web site.
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