This week’s Athens-Clarke commission meeting also included a vote on a settlement with a woman suing the local government after an incident in 2018 in which she was hit by a police car. The commission unanimously approved a $400,00 settlement with Mamie Dunn, though the government did not admit liability or fault. Dunn’s suit claimed that she suffered a broken leg, broken arm, pelvic fracture and neck fracture. She was seeking $1 million.
According to the resolution approved by the commission, an Athens-Clarke police officer hit Dunn with his cruiser as she was crossing the street. The officer took a left at a green light and hit Dunn while she was in a pedestrian crosswalk. However, it was a dark, rainy night and police determined the officer had not been negligent even though he was at fault.
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