The Honolulu City Council has approved a $1 million settlement to end a lawsuit brought by the parents of a toddler who was injured at a city Easter egg hunt in 2008.
Two-year-old Jordan Reiny was separated from his grandmother during the event and fell from a four-foot retaining wall at Kaimuki Community Park, hitting his head and causing permanent brain damage. The family’s attorney, Mike Cruise of Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner, says that since then, the park has made some safety improvements, but not enough. Cruise said that the park should have provided better crowd control at the event, and that there should have been a safety railing around the retailing wall.
The problem that occurred in 2008 is that crowds were allowed to gather at the top of a wall near a narrow staircase leading to the lower level of the park. Now, event supervisors are leading them around this area to prevent further injuries. However, eight years later and the city has still not installed a railing in the area where Jordan fell. The city has refused to comment on why nothing has yet been done.
The family is relieved that the litigation is over and will use the funds from the settlement to care for Jordan.
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