Selmer pays families $500,000 for charity car crash - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Selmer pays families $500,000 for charity car crash

Chopper 5 captured the scene of the deadly crash in Selmer, TN. Chopper 5 captured the scene of the deadly crash in Selmer, TN.

(WMC-TV) - The city of Selmer has reached a settlement with the families of more than a dozen people injured or killed after a charity drag racing accident on a city street in 2007.

The crash happened during a Cars for Kids parade, a non-profit that helps disabled children.

The Selmer Board of Alderman voted unanimously Tuesday morning to pay the families a lump sum of $500,000. Nineteen families sued the city over the accident that killed six people and injured at least 20 more. The city's mayor David Robinson, says "he's glad it's done."

Alderman Edward Smith was voted on the board after the 2007 accident. He agrees that the city will be better for moving past the accident, but he doesn't believe the city should be held reasonable.

"I really didn't ever think the city was totally at fault. I think it was a tragic accident that happened. Although a lot of people suffered and were killed, I thought the city did owe them something because of that," said Smith.

Robinson says the organization hasn't held the Cars for Kids parade in Selmer since 2008, the year after the accident.

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