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Settlement reached in wrongful death lawsuit of Franks in Kandiyohi County

WILLMAR — A Missouri man will pay $100,000 to the family of a Pennock couple killed in a July 2015 car crash, according to a wrongful death lawsuit settlement reached Thursday.

The agreement reached in Kandiyohi County District Court dictates that Matthew Gingery pay $16,666.67 to each of David and Mildred "Susie" Frank's five children, as well as David Frank's brother.

David and Susie Frank were killed July 12, 2015, after Gingery ran a stop sign on Kandiyohi County Road 27, crashing into their vehicle. The Franks had the right of way on County Road 1.

According to court records, Gingery did not have alcohol in his system at the time of the crash, was not speeding and had not been texting or on the phone. Phone records indicate he called 911 right after the collision.

The wrongful death civil lawsuit was filed in February 2016, seeking $100,000 in damages and alleging Gingery operated his vehicle in a negligent manner.

Gingery had been on his way to a job as an electrician at an oil refinery. He told authorities he was not familiar with the area.

He was criminally charged with careless driving in September 2015, and was sentenced last April to a $1,000 fine and stayed jail time.

The rural intersection where the crash occurred was the site of at least one other fatal accident, according to Tribune archives. One woman was killed in a crash there over Labor Day weekend in 2012.

The Kandiyohi County Public Works Department has been working to improve the intersection. Last year, the stop sign along County Road 27 was enlarged and a white stop bar added to the sign.

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