Rockland nun's family settles for $900K in nursing home death

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The family of a 90-year-old Rockland County nun who was killed at a nursing home after she was crushed by a falling closet has settled a lawsuit worth $900,000, an attorney said Friday.

Sister Mary Murray was crushed to death in August 2008 after a 200-pound standing closet fell on her at the Summit Park Nursing Care Center in Pomona, said attorney Kenneth A. Pryor, who represents the nun's family.

Pryor claimed that the incident was the third such accident involving standing closets at the home, spurring Murray's family to sue the county, as well as three private firms responsible for the manufacturing and installation of the closet in 2009.

"They wanted to make sure this never happened again," Pryor said.

The case was scheduled to go to trial next month, but the suit was settled last week, Pryor said.

County spokesman Ron Levine said the nursing home is now in compliance with state health standards and declined further comment.

Murray, who was a nun at St. Zita's Villa in Monsey, had lived at the nursing home since 2006.

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