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Bricktown Canal accident claim settled by Oklahoma City Council

The Oklahoma City Council has settled a claim filed on behalf of the estate of Wesley W. Seeley, who died after an accident on the Bricktown Canal. 

Seeley, 23, fell into the water and suffered a fatal electrical shock when he touched wires from a broken canal-side light fixture. 

The city council voted Tuesday for a $175,000 settlement. 

The formal term is a "confession of judgment without admission of liability." The claim alleged the city was negligent. 

A claim by a would-be rescuer and that man's wife was settled earlier.

Seeley died at a hospital Sept. 30, a Sunday evening. 

In a lawsuit filed on behalf of Seeley's mother, attorney Lane Neal says "a light bollard gave way and caused him to fall into the canal."

The light fixtures are commonplace along the popular canal.

A report on options for replacing them recommended incorporating safety features missing from the current, 20-year-old system.

The report by FSB architects lists four options. Cost of preferred options ranged from $126,000 to $259,000.

No date has been given by the city to begin the work.  

Seeley's mother sued the city in a bid to block disclosure of video of the accident. A Brickopolis surveillance camera captured the scene. 

A hearing in that case is set Friday in Oklahoma County District Court.

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<strong>A broken light fixture remained on a sidewalk along the Bricktown Canal after a fatal accident last September. Papers seeking to block disclosure to the public of video depicting the accident were filed Tuesday in Oklahoma County District Court. [Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman]</strong>

A broken light fixture remained on a sidewalk along the Bricktown Canal after a fatal accident last September. Papers seeking to block disclosure to the public of video depicting the accident were filed Tuesday in Oklahoma County District Court. [Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman]

<figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-87ad9a1350c70b0c0d96137a2f1f43d6.jpg" alt="Photo - A broken light fixture remained on a sidewalk along the Bricktown Canal after a fatal accident last September. Papers seeking to block disclosure to the public of video depicting the accident were filed Tuesday in Oklahoma County District Court. [Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman] " title=" A broken light fixture remained on a sidewalk along the Bricktown Canal after a fatal accident last September. Papers seeking to block disclosure to the public of video depicting the accident were filed Tuesday in Oklahoma County District Court. [Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman] "><figcaption> A broken light fixture remained on a sidewalk along the Bricktown Canal after a fatal accident last September. Papers seeking to block disclosure to the public of video depicting the accident were filed Tuesday in Oklahoma County District Court. [Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure>
William Crum

OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman. Read more ›

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