City settles lawsuit over officer’s crash
A woman and the city of Pflugerville have reached a monetary settlement in a lawsuit she filed after she said a police officer rear-ended her vehicle while she was stopped at a red light.
Dania Hunter, along with her attorney, Lee Perez, reached a settlement with the city last week, Perez said. Both Perez and the city declined to release details of the settlement.
The Pflugerville Pflag has requested information under the Freedom of Information Act to learn more about the incident, the settlement amount and if any disciplinary action was taken on the officer involved.
In the lawsuit filed in the Travis County courthouse, Hunter sought between $100,000 and $200,000 in damages.
According to the lawsuit, Hunter received injuries March 4 after officer Lee Van Noy rear-ended her vehicle while she was stopped at a red light at the intersection of FM 685 and East Pflugerville Parkway.
Perez said Hunter suffered a miscarriage as a result of injuries caused by the crash. The extent of Hunter’s injuries are not stated in the suit.
It states that Van Noy was driving a vehicle within the course and scope of employment with the city at the time of the crash, though he is not a party to the lawsuit.
The Pflugerville Police Department recognized Van Noy as Rookie of the Year in 2015 for his “strong willingness to learn and a great attitude toward policing,” according to the city’s website.
The lawsuit argues Hunter suffered her injuries as a result of the city’s negligence since Van Noy failed to operate the vehicle safely and did not keep proper lookout. The lawsuit also contends the city did not maintain its vehicles in a safe condition.
The officer also violated applicable local, state and federal laws, according to the document. The lawsuit states the city was negligent in training and supervising its employee.
According to the suit, Hunter is entitled to damages including past and future medical expenses, past and future pain, suffering and mental anguish, past and future physical impairment and disfigurement, past lost wages and future lose of earning capacity.