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Man Run Down by Police Awarded $19.6M by Jury

This is a settlement for the Personal Injury lawsuit.

New York, NY: A man who lost a leg as a result of being struck down by a police car has been awarded just over $19.6 million by the jury hearing his case.

The award included $3 million in punitive damages against Nassau County police officer Karl Snelders, who, allegedly drove onto a sidewalk and bowled over Thomas Hartmann, the suit's plaintiff, deliberately. Hartmann, who was reportedly being pursued on a harassment charge, claimed that the officer didn't stop after striking him, continuing forward so that one of the vehicle's rear wheels also struck him.

The police officer testified that it appeared as Hartmann had a weapon, and threatened to shoo the officer. The jury found Snelders' actions excessive, and awarded in favor or Hartmann.

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Published on Apr-15-10


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