PONY League to pay $30,000 in death

first_imgWhile they stood in line at the snack bar, Rourke teased Harris, then 13, about losing a game and pushed him, witnesses said. Harris hit Rourke in the knee with an aluminum bat, then seconds later hit him on the neck, severing an artery. [email protected] (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – Palmdale PONY League’s insurance company will pay $30,000 to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of Jeremy Rourke, the 15-year-old killed when another boy hit him in the head with a baseball bat after a game. The league admitted no wrongdoing under the settlement, the league’s attorney said. “The small amount of money that the plaintiffs ultimately accepted confirms that Palmdale PONY had no liability in this case,” attorney Philip Weiss said. Settlement talks started after Weiss filed a motion to dismiss the case that was set to be heard Tuesday. The case was dismissed March 29. The attorney for Brian and Angela Rourke did not respond to requests for comment. Last fall, the Rourkes settled out of court with the parents of Greg Harris Jr., the boy convicted in Jeremy’s killing. The attorney for the Harris family said it involved a small financial payment. The Rourkes initially sued the city of Palmdale and the Antelope Valley Union High School District, too, but they were dismissed from the case. A state appeals court in January reduced Harris’ second-degree murder conviction to voluntary manslaughter and ordered him resentenced. He was sentenced in July 2005 to the California Youth Authority until he is 25. The appellate court found that Harris, 14, did not harbor an intent to kill. The appellate decision noted Juvenile Court Judge Richard Naranjo’s statement about Harris’ emotional state – that he was upset, angered and “in the heat of passion.” Rourke, a Highland High School freshman described by family and friends as an avid athlete who enjoyed being a junior umpire, died within hours of being hit in the head April 12, 2005, at the Palmdale PONY League baseball complex, where he was a spectator. last_img read more