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City of Seymour, CT

This is a settlement for the DUI/DWI lawsuit.

On October 7, 2001 police detective Bailey Cook had been drinking with Kenneth Carey, Matthew Blackwell, John Kevalis and Martin Kevalis Jr. Detective Cook allowed Carey to drive, even though Carey's blood-alcohol level was above the legal limit of 0.10 percent. The men got into a car accident and Kevalis Jr. was the only survivor. Carey's family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city. The jury found Cook liable because Police Department policy required all officers to be on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Kemper Insurance of Illinois agreed to pay $950,000 to the Carey family. Kemper has already settled with the Blackwell family for $1.35 million and with the family of Kevalis for $1.29 million. (May-23-06) [REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN]

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Published on May-25-06


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