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Record settlement in South Georgia Tech fountain death

SUMTER CO., GA (WALB) -

A record lawsuit settlement in the death of a South Georgia Tech student, electrocuted in 2012 in the South Georgia Technical College fountain.

The state of Georgia will pay $1.4-million  to settle the lawsuit in the death of 18-year old Adriana Rhine.

The South Georgia Tech student went into the fountain in September 2012 to retrieve her young son's ball and was electrocuted.

In a settlement agreement approved this month, Georgia will pay the maximum penalty allowed under state law, one million dollars, for Rhine's wrongful death.

The settlement also calls for $400,000 be paid for Rhine's pain and suffering.

The entire amount goes into a trust for Rhine's son, now 4-year old ZiQuan Bennett. The trust will be managed by a national bank.

According to the family's attorney, this is the largest lawsuit settlement paid in Sumter County history.

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