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Families to split $8.3 million settlement following crash that killed Charlotte soccer star

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

A jury sided with a Charlotte family whose son died nine years ago this month was awarded more than $4m in wrongful death suit Friday.

Julian Brown, 13, was a stand-out soccer player for Myers Park High School and a member of the Charlotte United Football club when he died in 2004 following a car accident in Paris.

The jury sided with the Browns and another family whose son died in the crash by saying the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association was negligent and failed to investigate the safety record of the transportation company hired to service the group's trip to Europe.

"Today we believe that justice was served," Edgar Brown, Julian's father said. "I feel that we have done everything that we could at this point to insure that, uh, we were able to get vindication for him."

Investigators concluded that the bus driver was driving at more than 60 miles per hour around a rain-soaked curve, when he lost control and flipped.

Both teens were thrown from the bus. Julian was in a coma for a week - before he died. A jury awarded the families $8.3m. The Browns will get half of that.

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