Beaumont Chamber settles suit over 2008 Christmas parade death

David Yates Jun. 12, 2012, 4:55am

An agreed take-nothing judgment has been entered in litigation between the parents of Aaliyah Carter, who died during a 2008 Christmas parade, and the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce.

As previously reported, Albert and Stephanie Carter filed suit against the Beaumont Chamber in Jefferson County District Court on Nov. 9, 2010.

After nearly two years of litigation, an agreed take-nothing judgment was entered on May 31, stating that the Chamber and Carters had compromised and settled their differences.

Aaliyah, 11 years old at the time of the incident, was killed during a Beaumont Christmas parade on Dec. 6, 2008. She had been aboard a float sponsored by the Beaumont I-Rule Dance Studio.

Aaliyah jumped off the 21-foot lowboy trailer float and had been running along beside it when she tripped over another young girl and fell. The wheels of the trailer ran over her.

In court papers, the Carters stated they were seeking more than $3 million in damages.

Houston attorney Michael Howard represents the Carters.

Houston attorney Tracey Burridge represents the Beaumont Chamber.

Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, is presiding over the case.

The Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce is an accredited member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The Southeast Texas Record is owned by the Institute for Legal Reform, an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber. The Record has no direct affiliation with the Beaumont Chamber.

Case No. A188-767

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