A settlement has been reached in the Lafayette city-parish government after a woman filed a lawsuit because she broad-sided a police cruiser that was going through a red light while responding to another traffic accident.
The city paid out $225,000 to Melissa B. Dugas. Dugas alleged in the lawsuit that while Officer Larry Theriot II had his lights and sirens on, he did not pay enough attention to cross-street traffic before passing through the intersection and was then struck by Dugas, who suffered neck injuries after the accident.
She also alleged she did not see the police car’s emergency lights or hear the siren nor did she notice other vehicles that were already stopped.
The officer said he came to a complete stop and looked both ways multiple times when proceeding through the intersection. There were, however, questions as to whether he stopped again for traffic while moving through the large intersection, according to statements.
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