The Board of Estimates is offering the settlement, which the city was expected to approve Wednesday, to end a protracted court fight over the death of Deanna Green, then 14, whose foot rested against a fence touching an electrified underground cable at a 2006 church softball game in Druid Hill Park when she reached for a second fence, completing an electrical circuit and sending 280 volts through her body, the Baltimore Sun reported.
The former Colts lineman and his wife, Nancy, have become the public face of the danger of "lethal contact voltage," and have helped win legislation in several states calling for increased monitoring for stray and contact electricity, the newspaper noted.
"We don't want this to happen to anyone else," Green said Tuesday after the announcement of the settlement. "We feel this issue is going to help Baltimore become a safer place."
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