Six of seven families settle out of court over Turtle Bay crane collapse 

August 01, 2011 09:22AM

There is only one wrongful-death lawsuit related to the 2008 Turtle Bay crane collapse left unsettled, the New York Post reported. Families of the six other victims settled secretly out of court with the city, crane operator Rapetti Rigging Services, Kennely Development Company and building contractors.

The only outstanding suit is from the family of Santino Gallone, a Rappeti crew member who died in the accident. The case will go before the Manhattan Supreme Court Sept. 12.

There are still however about 43 lawsuits totaling $500 million related to the incident pending from people injured as well as property and business owners, the Post said. Claimants include Jean Sequeri, the owner of 305 East 50th Street, which was destroyed by the collapsed crane.

In 2010, crane rigger William Rapetti, who had faced up to 15 years in prison for using frayed straps to secure the crane collar, was acquitted of all criminal responsibility for the collapse. [Post]