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L.A. County $220,000 settlement In Traffic Collision Involving Sheriff's Deputies

L.A. County $220,000 Settlement In Traffic Collision Involving Sheriff's Deputies

On September 23, 2009, the Office of County Council for the County of Los Angeles submitted a County Claims Board recommendation to the county's Board of Supervisors to settle for $220,000 a lawsuit seeking compensation for injuries received in an automobile accident involving two sheriff's deputies. The deputies were responding to a radio call of another deputy involved in a shooting. They were traveling without a siren or emergency lights, driving about 25 m.p.h. faster than the posted 35 m.p.h. speed limit, when they collided with plaintiff's vehicle. As a result of the collision, plaintiffs (a 68-year-old man and his 57-year-old female passenger) claim they suffered serious injuries as well as depression.

Although the L.A.P.D. officer who investigated the collision concluded that the primary cause of the collision was plaintiff's failure to comply with a stop sign at an intersection, the Sheriff's Department's administrative review acknowledged that there was also employee misconduct.

County Council felt that this was a case of disputed liability and that settlement would avoid a potentially larger jury verdict against the County. See: Rafael Martinez v. County of Los Angeles, Superior Court case No. TC 020 608.

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Rafael Martinez v. County of Los Angeles