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Oregon reaches settlement with family over Silver Falls accident

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In January of 2014, Wilson Pelot plunged more than 60 feet down a cliff in Silver Falls State Park after leaning against a loose railing. (KPTV) In January of 2014, Wilson Pelot plunged more than 60 feet down a cliff in Silver Falls State Park after leaning against a loose railing. (KPTV)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The state of Oregon is planning to pay a Portland boy who broke his neck after falling in a state park.

The state and parents of Wilson Pelot have agreed on a $125,000 settlement.

In January of 2014, Wilson plunged more than 60 feet down a cliff in Silver Falls State Park, and the settlement will end the legal battle over a loose railing believed to be the cause.

Wilson was 10 years old at the time of the terrifying fall. He was hiking with his family when he leaned against the metal railing.

It gave way and he plunged into a pool of near-freezing water, breaking his neck and wrist and suffering internal injuries.

The family claimed the state should be responsible for the railing and didn't warn visitors of the danger.

According to the lawsuit, Wilson has struggled with persistent thoughts of death since the accident. The state counter sued, claiming the parents were negligent.

The new agreement dismisses all claims, but it isn't a done deal.

A judge is still reviewing the agreement and will decide whether to approve it.

If the agreement is approved, Wilson is expected to receive about $70,000 when he turns 18, with the rest of the settlement going toward legal costs and medical bills.

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