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Woman whose daughter was killed in bus accident near Buttermilk drops appeal


ASPEN, Colorado — A woman whose daughter was struck and killed by a bus near Buttermilk has dropped her legal pursuit against the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority.

The Aspen Daily News reported Monday ( ) that Joanne Borell, of Sterling, Kansas, waived her right to continue appealing a judge's dismissal of her wrongful death lawsuit. In return, the RFTA waived its right to collect more than $21,000 in court costs and attorney fees.

The judge dismissed the lawsuit last year, saying it didn't matter if the bus was speeding because the accident involving 29-year-old Joanie Kocab would have happened anyway.

Kocab was struck at about 2:30 a.m. on New Year's Day 2012. Investigators say she was wearing black in the middle of the bus lane and was extremely intoxicated at the time.

Information from: Aspen Daily News,

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