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$5.8 million settlement reached in Mojave off-road race crash

SANTA ANA, Calif. — An agreement has been reached to pay $5.8 million to the families of eight people killed and 12 injured in a California desert off-road race crash in 2010, a lawyer said Wednesday.

Attorney Katherine Harvey-Lee said the deal was reached in mediation on Tuesday with federal government lawyers. The incident occurred when a truck crashed through spectators at the California 200 race in the Mojave Desert.

The agreement still must be approved by the Department of Justice and by a judge, said Harvey-Lee, who represents three injured spectators and the father of one person killed.

Twenty-year-old Danica Frantzich of Las Vegas was one of those killed in the crash.

Frantzich was a 2008 Shadow Ridge High School graduate. Friends said she was an avid fan of off-roading and had a Jeep Grand Cherokee with oversized tires.

Under the agreement, the Bureau of Land Management would pay $4.825 million and race organizers and promoters Mojave Desert Racing Inc., and Mojave Desert Racing Productions Inc., would pay their $1 million insurance policy limit, she said.

Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles, declined to comment on the agreement. A message was left for the BLM seeking comment.

A message was also left for lawyers representing Mojave Desert Racing.

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