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No retrial in St. Lucie County wrongful death school bus crash

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. - A judge has denied the St. Lucie County School District's motion for a new trial in the wrongful death case involving 9-year-old Aaron Beauchamp.  

Last month, a jury awarded the Beauchamp family nearly $10 million after finding the school district liable for the crash that killed the former Frances K. Sweet Elementary student.

Beauchamp was killed March 26, 2012 when the school bus driver pulled out in front of an oncoming tractor trailer at the intersection of State Road 7 and Midway Road in Port St. Lucie.  More than a dozen other children were injured in the crash.

The St. Lucie County School District attempted to get a retrial by claiming the jury reached its verdict out of sympathy not evidence.  In addition, the school district also argued that the bus company should bear some responsibility since 2/3 of the seats on the school bus collapsed during the crash.  

The St. Lucie County School District also asked the judge to reduce the total dollar amount awarded to the family from $8.7 million to $200,000.  Since the school district is a government entity, the district, argued it should be immune to any final judgments over that amount.  

The judge denied the district's requests.  The state legislature still has to approve the $8.7 million verdict before it goes to the family. 

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