Settlement reached in death of student returning from BCS Championship

By Ken Curtis

Published 08/14 2014 11:29AM

Updated 08/14 2014 08:20PM

A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit filed on behalf of a University of Alabama student killed while returning from the 2013 BCS National Championship Game.

Natalie Baine was killed in an automobile crash that occurred on Jan. 8, 2013, when the car she was riding in collided with a charter bus carrying the university’s cheerleaders and another vehicle.

The occupants of the vehicle in which Natalie was a passenger were returning from the Alabama vs. Notre Dame National Championship game in Miami which was held on the previous night. After the game, the driver and the owner of the vehicle stayed up late partying and celebrating the win at a bar in South Beach before waking up on the morning of Jan. 8 to drive home, according to a statement by the law firm Beasley and Allen.

“We continue to mourn with our clients over the loss of their precious daughter,” attorney Chris Glover said in a written release. “Natalie’s parents wanted this lawsuit to help prevent this sort of thing from ever happening to anyone again by getting the word out about the dangers of fatigued driving, which is every bit as dangerous as drunk driving. The problem is made worse when what little sleep you do have is impaired by alcohol.”

Baine suffered multiple injuries and died three days after the accident. Previous reports say she was not wearing a seatbelt and was lying down at the time of the collision.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Baine’s family against the car’s driver, Hudson Riedel. Other lawsuits connected to the accident that occurred in Montgomery are pending.

Terms of the settlement are confidential.

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