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Court docs: Settlement in Tucker Hipps lawsuit to go before judge

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CLEMSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

According to online court records, a settlement may be pending in the personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits filed on behalf of Tucker Hipps.

Cindy and Gary Hipps filed a wrongful death lawsuit in 2015 after their son, Tucker, died while on a fraternity pledge run at Clemson University.

Hipps' body was found in Lake Hartwell near the Highway 93 bridge.

The Hipps family sued Clemson University, the South Carolina Chapter of the Sigma Epsilon Fraternity, and several individuals for $25 million in damages, alleging that hazing played a role in his death.

A Pickens County official said there was a settlement reached in one of the cases but the order is still being prepared. It will need to be signed by a judge to be officially settled.

Court records indicate mediation results were submitted in the personal injury and wrongful death cases on Wednesday. The documents indicate the case should be fully settled but need to be set for approval hearings.

The Hipps family issued the following statement on the settlement:

Cynthia and Gary Hipps, the parents of Tucker Hipps, have reached a resolution of their claims with all of the Defendants in the civil lawsuits filed against Clemson University, Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and the individual Defendants. The agreement between the parties requires court approval and will be considered confidential under the law in South Carolina.

The Hipps would like to take this opportunity to extend their gratitude to the community that has shown steadfast support to their family since Tucker’s death.

The decision to bring a lawsuit is always a difficult one.  The search for truth from a senseless tragedy and the need to hold those accountable often necessitate the institution of a lawsuit.  Lawsuits can illuminate the need for change in the darkness that resulted in a loss of life.  The Hipps family has hope for the future of other students at college campuses around the country that positive steps towards eliminating hazing have begun to occur and that the greek community will be a safer place for other students as a result of Tucker’s loss of life.

The Hipps family asks for your continued prayers as they continue to work through the devastating loss of their son, Tucker.

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