Pittsburgh City Council introduces proposed lawsuit settlement in crash

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Pittsburgh City Council introduced a resolution Monday that would authorize a $145,000 payment to a woman who sued the city in 2012 after she was injured in a motorcycle crash involving a police cruiser.

The suit said Tara Clanagan was riding on a motorcycle operated by her husband, Roy Clanagan, when a police car driven by Officer Dustin Rummel, who was responding to an emergency call, ran through a red light at Shetland Street and Lincoln Avenue, causing Mr. Clanagan to hit the brakes and drop the motorcycle to avoid a collision. Mrs. Clanagan was thrown to the pavement, causing broken bones, including a head fracture, and numerous other injuries.

Officer Rummel did not have his lights and siren on when he entered the intersection, court documents show, though the city and Officer Rummel denied liability and blamed Mr. Clanagan’s driving for his wife’‍s injuries.

City Public Safety spokeswoman and City Solicitor Lourdes Sanchez-Ridge would not comment on the proposed settlement.

Ms. Clanagan’s lawyer, Jason Matzus, could not be reached Monday afternoon.

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