Ohio City Council Agrees to Settle Firetruck Accident Suit
COLUMBUS, OH. – November 6, 2018 - The City Council of Columbus, Ohio, agreed November 5 to settle a wrongful death lawsuit stemming from a 2013 firetruck accident. The story is reported online at macon.com.*
The collision occurred in November 2013. A Columbus firetruck with no lights flashing or sirens sounding drove through a city intersection on a red light and struck the vehicle of 86-year-old Elvyra Glenn. Glenn died in the accident, and her son, William Glenn, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city.
The firefighter driving the truck said in an affidavit that he pulled the truck’s air horn several times in short bursts before driving through the intersection on a red light. He also wrote that with the “benefit of hindsight” the fact of the accident meant he did not enter the intersection safely.
On November 5, the Columbus City Council voted to approve a payment to Glenn’s family. The approved amount of $410,000 will settle the wrongful death lawsuit. No additional information about the terms of the settlement has been released at this time.
Numerous vehicle crashes occur in the U.S. involving emergency response personnel and law enforcement. According to a report by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, during the five-year period between 2010 and 2014, 78 police officers in the United States died in vehicle crashes while responding to a call for service. More than half of these deaths — 53 percent — were situations in which officers were responding to calls for help from another officer and crashed while traveling to the scene.
Two of the cases involved officers responding to assist EMS personnel who had called for help. Forty-five of the 78 cases (or 58 percent) were single-vehicle accidents, involving only the police cruiser. Four of the crashes involved two officers colliding with each other while driving to a service call.
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