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RURAL HALL, N.C. — The family of the 9-year-old boy who was killed in a chain-reaction wreck on U.S. 52 on Oct. 30, 2014,  has reached a $1.14 million settlement.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports that Jeremy Crymes’ family filed a complaint in Forsyth Superior Court for approval of a minor settlement and wrongful death settlement, and court papers filed on July 22 said the settlement was reached.

In addition to Crymes, Jesse and Felicia Hickman, who were in another car, died from wreck-related injuries.

Kelly Scott Kennedy, 51, the driver of the 18-wheeler that caused the wreck, is charged with three counts of involuntary manslaughter. He’s slated to begin trial in November.

Kennedy, Stout Trucking Co. of Greensboro and National Interstate Insurance Co. are named as defendants in the court papers.

Investigators say a tractor-trailer owned by Stout Trucking Company in Greensboro was carrying a full load of sand when it collided with five vehicles in a work zone.

The tractor-trailer, a 2000 Freightliner, crested a slight grade and noticed that traffic had begun to stop.

Authorities say the driver was unable to stop and initially struck a 2007 Honda Odessey van driven by Sheri Crymes of Minooka, Ill.

The impact caused the death of the right rear passenger, Jeremy Crymes. Jeremy’s mother, his father Kevin and two siblings, ages 2 and 13 were injured.

The impact then caused a chain reaction collision where four other passenger vehicles were struck. The chain reaction resulted in an additional death of Jesse and Felicia Hickman of Mount Airy, N.C., who were in a 1996 Nissan. Jeremy Crymes and Jesse Hickman died at the scene while the Felicia Hickman died on Nov. 14, 2014.

A total of eight motorists were taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center with injuries.

James G. Welch Jr., attorney for the defendants, said that he is working to finalize settlements with the Hickman family and other people injured in the wreck.

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