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River Bluff football player's family settles for $640,000 in death

The family of a River Bluff High football player who died after a practice in extreme heat in the summer of 2016 has settled their lawsuit against Lexington 1 and the SC High School League.

The $640,000 settlement in the death of Lewis Simpkins, 14, who had hoped to play college football at Clemson, was announced Friday morning during a Lexington County virtual court hearing presided over by Circuit Judge Walton McLeod Jr.

Lexington 1 and the SCHSL did not admit fault in Lewis’ death. The school district will pay $590,000 and the High School League $50,000.

In arriving at the settlement through a mediator, the teenager’s parents, Willie and Shonda Simpkins, waived their right to a jury trial and relinquished all future claims in the matter.


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