City set­tles law­suit over of­fi­cer’s crash

Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS - By Ni­cole Bar­rios ni­cole.bar­rios@ac­n­news­pa­pers.com

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.

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