Family of mother fatally struck at Holly Park to receive $15.1M settlement

The family of a 35-year-old woman who was run over and killed by a city employee driving on the grass in Holly Park last September has been issued a $15.1 million settlement by The City.

Vegar and Isa Svanemyr, the husband and toddler of Christine “Christy” Svanemyr, will receive the settlement as a result of a claim filed in November.

The settlement was approved by the Recreation and Park Commission in July and adopted by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

The funds will be paid to the family in three installments.

On the afternoon of Sept. 5, 2013, Svanemyr had been lying on the grass with her daughter and family dog when a Recreation and Park Department truck driven by Thomas Burnoski, 58, went off the path and fatally struck her.

The claim that ultimately resulted in the settlement alleges that Burnoski initially fled the scene and did not help or call for assistance.

Burnoski was charged with felony vehicular manslaughter and felony hit-and-run. He is out of custody with strict driving restrictions and pleaded not guilty to the criminal charges on Oct. 23, 2013, according to the District Attorney's Office.

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