Family of contractor killed in F-16 strafing accident will get payout in settlement with Air Force

The family of a contractor who was killed in a strafing accident during a 2017 Air Force training exercise has reached a settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit against the service.

Charles Holbrook, a retired Air Force master sergeant and tactical air control party airman, was fatally shot Jan. 31, 2017, at the White Sands Missile Range near Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico. An F-16 Fighting Falcon, flown by a student pilot on a nighttime training mission, mistook a row of rental cars in an observation area for the target and fired on them.

Holbrook was struck in the head with a 20mm round at about 7:18 p.m. and died an hour and a half later at the Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center in Alamogordo, New Mexico.

His wife of more than 22 years, Belen, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Air Force and two unidentified F-16

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City of Cleveland expresses condolences for Daniel Ripepi, killed in Interstate 480 accident

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The city of Cleveland released a statement Friday evening on the passing of Daniel Ripepi, who died after an Interstate 480 highway sign collapsed on his truck Thursday morning.

A statement from Mayor Frank Jackson, Public Safety Director Karrie D. Howard and Police Chief Calvin Williams says Daniel Ripepi and his family have been “longstanding partners of the City of Cleveland, especially our safety force.”

The statement called A. Ripepi & Sons Funeral Homes a well-respected business that has served residents in time of grief. Most recently, it accommodated Cleveland police in honoring its fallen detective, James Skernivitz, and donated money for Cleveland K9s to wear ballistic vests.

“Daniel C. Ripepi was instrumental in gifting our Cleveland Police canines with ballistic vest,” the statement says. “We offer our deepest sympathy to Daniel’s wife, Kristen, their children, the Ripepi family and all who knew and loved Daniel.”

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