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Police Cruiser Accident Costs Georgia County $400,000

A $400,000 settlement was reached in a lawsuit brought by a man who was injured when an Athens-Clarke County, Georgia police car turned directly into a van driven by Ralph Bell, 62.

The county did not contest liability in the December 11, 2013, incident.  Bell, who was driving a van for an anti-poverty corporation had just made a pickup from the Athens Food Bank when the police car suddenly made a left turn in front of him.

Bell sustained knee and wrist injuries.  He recently had undergone knee replacement, and injuries from the crash required a second replacement and surgery for wrist injuries.  He incurred $157,000 in past medical expenses.

The $400,000 settlement was reached on June 25, 2015.  Bell was represented by Athens Attorney Kenneth Kalivoda.  See: Bell v. Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County, Georgia, Athens-Clarke County Superior Court, Case No SU15CV0128.

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Bell v. Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County, GA