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Lawsuit over Wis. Shriners go-kart crash settled

Kelly Bridge and her son, Parker Reimer, 16, are pictured last August with the medical bills they had incurred since 2013 when they were injured in a Hudson, Wis., parade mishap involving a Shriners go-kart. Scott Takushi / Pioneer Press

HUDSON, Wis. -- The Hudson family members injured in a freak go-kart accident six years ago in Hudson have settled their case against the Shriners just a week before trial.

Kelly Bridge and her son, Parker Reimer, 16, settled for $250,000.

After paying their attorney, Tom Weidner of Stillwater, medical bills and fees for doctors’ depositions, “there is still a little left over for Parker and I to split,” Bridge said.

“Honestly, I just couldn’t take the stress anymore,” she said. “I just needed it off my plate. I really could not keep reliving the accident anymore by preparing for trial.”

Bridge, Parker and Parker’s older brother, Carter Reimer, were injured on July 6, 2013, when a go-kart driven by Shriner Milton Helmer at the Booster Days parade in downtown Hudson careened out of control and crashed into them.

Parker, a football center and a baseball catcher, suffered the brunt of the injuries. He underwent two shoulder surgeries and can’t lift anything above his head with his left arm; Bridge’s right wrist and left knee were seriously injured, and she has had two surgeries.

In December 2017, Bridge sued the Shriners, Helmer and their insurance companies for medical expenses and additional damages.

The trial was slated to start April 22 in St. Croix County Circuit Court.