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Suit settled for $504,000

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Family accepts payout in death of middle school student Logan Collins

By Carol A. Clark

A mother’s grief in losing her son was compounded by having to consider whether to file a claim against Los Alamos County for his death.

Tonya Collins’ son Logan, 12, died from injuries after being struck by a pickup last fall.

“One thing I struggled with this whole time was the idea of getting money from my son’s death,” said Collins of White Rock Tuesday. “But I had his medical bills to pay plus my insurance company wanted me to pay because Tylerr (the driver involved in accident) was uninsured.”

The county and the estate of Logan Collins reached a settlement agreement approved by the First Judicial District Court June 3. Under the agreement, the county will pay $504,000, through the New Mexico Self Insurer’s Fund, into an account set aside for Collins’ estate, according to a statement issued by county spokeswoman Julie Habiger.

The New Mexico Self-Insurers Fund, which represented the county in the settlement, is an insurance pool of New Mexico municipalities and other political subdivisions, including the county, through the New Mexico Municipal League.


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