Car Accident Attorney Wins $27M Settlement for Family of Child Severely Injured When Police SUV Struck Their Car at High Speed
By Dean I. Weitzman, Esq. on December 20th, 2019
A California family has reached a $27 million settlement from Sacramento County after a sheriff deputy’s SUV smashed into the family’s car as the sheriff’s vehicle drove at high speed without activating its emergency lights and siren in July of 2017. The crash severely injured the family’s then-10-year-old daughter, who suffered permanent brain damage in the wreck.
The child, Julian Awad, who is now 12, was riding in the backseat of her family’s Honda CRV on Fulton Avenue at Pope Avenue around 12:20 a.m. on July 14, 2017, when it was struck by the sheriff’s SUV as it was driving to a call without its emergency lights or siren on, according to a Dec. 19 story by The Sacramento Bee.
The Honda was being driven by the girl’s father, Raed Awad, at the time of the crash. The girl’s mother, Nevin Awad, was also in the car along with two other siblings who were passengers. The Honda was struck in the passenger side by a sheriff’s SUV that was being driven by Deputy Sean Steen, who was rushing to a call in response to a bar fight in progress, the story reported. The SUV was traveling about 84 mph at the time of the crash, according to the plaintiff’s attorneys, while the posted speed limit on the street was 35 mph.
The family’s Honda started to make a left turn at the three-way intersection when it was struck by a marked sheriff’s patrol SUV heading north on Fulton Avenue, causing a violent collision, dash cam video showed,” according to the story. “Neither direction of Fulton Avenue at that intersection is controlled by a stop sign or traffic signal.” The crash was monitored by a dash cam in the sheriff’s SUV, which provided evidence to investigators.
The settlement, which is the largest lawsuit in the county’s history, will be paid by the county and its insurance companies to provide continuing care for the child, who suffered a massive closed-head injury in the crash. She will require 24/7 living care for the rest of her life, according to the family’s attorneys.
In a civil lawsuit filed by the family in December of 2017, they alleged that the sheriff’s deputy “negligently travel(ed) at a high speed well in excess of the posted speed limit, while responding to an alleged crime in progress,” causing the crash, the story reported.
A collision report by the California Highway Patrol confirmed that the sheriff’s SUV caused the collision by speeding, noting that Section 20156 of the state vehicle code “does not relieve the driver of (an emergency) vehicle from the duty to drive with due regard for the safety of all persons,” according to the story.
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