Hockey Death

Court: release settlement in case of girl killed by puck

The Ohio Supreme Court has ordered a judge to release details of a settlement awarded the mother of a girl who died after being hit by a hockey puck. The court ruled six-to-one today in Columbus in favor of a T-V station seeking details of the settlement awarded the mother of Brittanie Cecil, a 13-year-old girl hit by a puck in March 2002. The girl's mother, Jody Sergent, reached the settlement last year with the National Hockey League, the Columbus Blue Jackets and Nationwide Arena. W-BNS TV of Columbus sought the details under Ohio's public records law and through the right of access under the First Amendment. The court found that Preble County Probate Judge Wilfred Dues made a mistake in creating an exception to the state's public records laws.