Pittsburgh may settle suit with couple over traffic accident for $52,000

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The city of Pittsburgh is proposing a $52,000 settlement for a man who sued after his van was struck by a police car in June 2009.

A bill authorizing the city to pay Raymond Burke and his wife Catherine, their attorneys and a claims recovery company to settle the case was introduced before city council today.

In a 2010 lawsuit filed in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, the Burkes claimed that Sgt. Robert Miller, also named as a defendant, drove through a red light on Centre Avenue without his lights and sirens activated. His police car struck the van being driven by Mr. Burke, who was on Crawford Avenue and crossing Centre Avenue at the time.

The suit claimed that Mr. Burke was knocked out and suffered a head injury, in addition to a herniated disc. Mrs. Burke also sued, saying in the suit that she shouldered the burden of his medical care.

Two other pieces of legislation associated with the suit also were introduced today, one to pay accounting firm Gleason and Associates $8,060 and a second to pay Tucker Independent Medical Experts around $5,300.

Moriah Balingit: mbalingit@post-gazette.com, 412-263-2533 or on Twitter @MoriahBee.

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