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State to pay $400,000 to settle wrongful death lawsuit


The state will pay $400,000 to the family of a teenager who committed suicide by walking into freeway traffic after escaping from a social worker's car.

The State Appeals Board on Monday approved the payment to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the estate of Denver Parvin of Cedar Rapids. The board released settlement documents after a request by The Associated Press.

On March 8, 2010, a Department of Human Services social worker was driving Parvin from his home to a youth shelter in Independence. Parvin threatened to jump out of the vehicle, prompting the driver to pull over on Interstate 380.

Parvin then walked into traffic and was killed by a car. An autopsy ruled it a suicide.

The settlement says the payment isn't an admission of wrongdoing.

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