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Durham, NC

Durham, NC: (May-14-07) Linda Jones filed a lawsuit against the city after a speeding Durham police cruiser struck her down, causing injuries that have left her dependent on a cane in order to walk around. Her suit claimed that Officer Joseph Kelly was grossly negligent when he slammed into her. The city contested Jones' claim, alleging that Kelly was acting responsibly and within his capacity as a police officer when he struck Jones. He had sirens blaring as he raced to the scene of a domestic disturbance after a second distress call. He struck Jones as she crossed Liberty Street on foot, heading to her job at a bakery. The impact sent her flying six feet in the air and 76 feet down the street. In a settlement reached, after a grueling fight, the city agreed to end the suit by awarding Jones $375,000. $117,752 of the settlement will be paid by the city, while the remaining $257,248 will come from Durham's liability insurance provider. The city's legal fee, which is believed to be more than $200,000, will also be covered by insurance. [NEWS OBSERVER: POLICE CRUISER ACCIDENT]

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Published on May-15-07


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