Jury awards $1.2M in death of woman at Kennywood Park

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A jury awarded $1.2 million to a couple whose daughter was killed five years ago when an amusement park roof broke loose during a storm.

The Allegheny County Common Pleas Court jury issued its verdict Friday in the case over the death of Stephanie Wilkerson, 29, of Monroeville, who was killed May 31, 2002, during the storm at Kennywood Park.

Strong winds toppled a pavilion housing The Whip ride, and Wilkerson was struck by the collapsing roof and pinned against a metal fence.

Judge R. Stanton Wettick Jr. divided the case into two parts, asking jurors to determine damages suffered by the Wilkersons. A later proceeding on punitive damages will determine liability on the part of Kennywood or the Landeau Building Co., which built the pavilion in 1994, and what percentage of the $1.2 million is owed by each.

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