City of Wichita to settle lawsuit in girl's death
Published on -6/21/2013, 6:49 AM
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- The city of Wichita plans to settle a lawsuit filed after a 12-year-old girl was hit and killed by a police patrol car.
Officials say the city will pay the parents of Suhani Bhakta $300,000 to settle a wrongful death lawsuit. The girl was killed in February 2012 when she was hit by the patrol car as she ran across a road near her home.
A Kansas Highway Patrol investigation verified that the officer was speeding in a 30 mph zone and was not using lights or a siren.
Police said the officer was following policy and a sports utility vehicle may have obstructed his view.
The settlement is on the consent agenda for the Wichita City Council's meeting next Tuesday.