OSU crash memorial

Friday, January 9th 2004, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- Oklahoma State University will not be reimbursed the more than $850,000 it used to build two memorials to plane crash victims.

Two OSU men's basketball players and eight others died near Strasburg, Colorado, as they were returning from a game against Colorado January 27th, 2001.

The university sued the estate of pilot Denver Mills and three companies related to the downed plane.

But Thursday, Oklahoma County District Judge Vicki Robertson refused to make the estate or the companies pay.

Raytheon Aircraft Company attorney Amy Stipe says OSU voluntarily paid for the memorials and related expenses. Plus, she says, the university didn't suffer injury because of the accident.

OSU also paid to clean the victims' belongings and for funeral services and counseling.