Family of man killed on Champ Clark Bridge awarded settlement

The family of Kyle Brown was awarded $3 million in a wrongful death lawsuit on Friday

The family of a man killed in a traffic crash on the Champ Clark Bridge was awarded a $3 million settlement on Friday.

Kyle Brown, 40, was killed on December 14, 2011 on the bridge between Louisiana, Mo. and Pike County, Ill.

Brown was a Lake St. Louis resident who worked at Stark Bros. Nurseries in Louisiana.

While driving on the bridge, his sport utility vehicle hit logging equipment that fell from a truck driven by Pleasant Hill, Ill. resident Kenneth Davis.

Investigators said the westbound tractor-trailer struck a guardrail along the bridge, forcing the log dragger equipment to break loose and fall into the eastbound lanes of the bridge.

According to court records obtained by KHQA, Kristen Brown, the victim's widow, filed a wrongful death lawsuit in 2012 against William Davis Logging of Rockport, Ill.

The lawsuit claimed that Davis was driving too fast for conditions and failed to keep a proper lookout.

The case was moved to federal court in May 2012.