Supes approve $2.4M settlement in police lawsuit

Six years ago, a police cruiser hit a man walking across the street at night in the Bernal Heights neighborhood. 

Carlos Garcia, who was 21 at the time of the accident, was walking in a crosswalk at Mission Street and Cortland Avenue on Dec. 5, 2004, when he was struck by a police vehicle at 7:45 p.m. The lawsuit was filed against The City about a year after the incident.

The settlement agreement of $2.4 million was approved by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday in a 11-0 vote.

Garcia sustained a massive brain injury. The police officer driving the vehicle and the officer’s partner said Garcia was walking against the light and was intoxicated. The police were accused of speeding and having no lights on, and there were also witnesses who said Garcia was properly crossing the street with a green walk signal.

 

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