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
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