Parents Settle Illinois Suit Over Daughter’s Crash Death

April 10, 2012

The parents of a college freshman killed after a western Illinois high-speed chase with law enforcement have reached a $225,000 settlement with the driver of the pickup truck occupied by the girl.

The Quincy Herald-Whig reports Gina Heinecke and Bob Baker sued 19-year-old Jacob Hendricks of Mount Sterling after the January crash near Beardstown. The crash killed 19-year-old Brianna Baker of LaPrairie.

Authorities say Hendricks was chased for 25 miles at a high speed. Baker was a freshman at the University of Missouri in Columbia and was among five passengers in the truck.

A judge approved the settlement March 29.

The Herald-Whig reports that Progressive Insurance Co. is paying the $225,000 as Hendricks’ liability insurance policy limit.

Hendricks still faces criminal counts related to the wreck.

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