City settles with Robinson family for $1.5mil


AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – The city of Augusta has settled with the family of Melquan Robinson Jr. for $1.5 million.

Melquan was 12-years-old when he was accidentally electrocuted and killed in October of 2018 at Fleming Park.

“No settlement amount could ever begin to mend the hearts of Melquan’s parents, family, and friends who lost a beloved son. As a city, we can’t say or do anything to bring Melquan back, but we have a responsibility to take steps to identify what went wrong and work diligently to resolve it so this tragedy never happens again,” says Mayor Hardie Davis.

Commissioners also settled with four other families of the children who were also hurt, those settlements are in the $110 to $150 thousand dollar range.

The city also agrees to change the name of Daniel Avenue in honor of Melquan, as well as create a memorial at Fleming.

This is a developing story.

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