The town of Chicago can pay a $15 million settlement to the household of a lady killed in June 2020 when an unmarked police automobile blew a pink gentle and slammed into her SUV.
Guadalupe Francisco-Martinez, a 37-year-old mom of six, was on her manner residence after her first day at a brand new job when a police cruiser in the course of a high-speed chase plowed into her SUV at 89 mph, reviews mentioned.
The Chicago Metropolis Council accredited the hefty payoff Wednesday with out dialogue, settling a wrongful-death swimsuit from Francisco-Martinez’s household as a debate ensued over the division’s coverage about high-speed chases.
“There will probably be monumental sympathy for the household of (Francisco-Martinez), who endured such a tragic, tragic occasion,” Chicago Regulation Division counsel Mimi Ruether mentioned earlier than the Finance Committee unanimously licensed the settlement.
“The accident concerned the Chicago police officer himself; it was not the offender that was concerned within the accident, which goes to probably have an effect on the quantity of a settlement and a verdict.”
Each the officer and the car he was pursuing blew by way of a pink gentle, the Chicago Tribune reported. The officer barreled into Francisco-Martinez whereas she had a inexperienced gentle and was transferring between 20 and 27 mph, based on the publication.
Francisco-Martinez died on the hospital throughout surgical procedure.
The Chicago Solar-Instances reported final 12 months that 180 out of 270 police chases in 2019 led to crashes and the dying of eight folks.
Two months after Francisco-Martinez’s dying, the Chicago Police Division revised its coverage that requires officers to “examine for site visitors” earlier than driving by way of an intersection.
The officer within the crash continues to be employed with the Chicago Police Division, a spokesperson advised the Tribune.
The motive force of the automobile police have been chasing continues to be sitting in Prepare dinner County Jail on prices of first-degree homicide, automobile hijacking and extra. He’s being held on $1 million bail.
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