URI settles lawsuit in baseball player’s 2011 death

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The family of a University of Rhode Island baseball player who died after a 2011 team workout has received $1.45 million as part of a settlement with the university and its insurance carrier.

An attorney for Joseph P. Ciancola III’s mother said Thursday the settlement in her wrongful death lawsuit was reached Jan. 8, days before the case was set to go to trial.

The 20-year-old student from Orange, Connecticut collapsed during an Oct. 24, 2011 workout and died in the hospital three days later.

Her attorney Patrick Barry said the settlement ends a “hard-fought” legal dispute over a “tragic death.”

Thorr Bjorn, the university’s athletic director, said Ciancola will continue to be a part of the university family through a scholarship being established in his memory.

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