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Duluth City Council to discuss lawsuit involving squad car accident | Duluth News Tribune | Duluth, Minnesota

imagesPublished May 07, 2013, 12:00 AM

Duluth City Council to discuss lawsuit involving squad car accident

The Duluth City Council will be asked to go into closed session Thursday night to discuss ongoing lawsuits including one involving a woman who was injured in a traffic accident with a Duluth police squad car nearly two years ago.

By: Peter Passi , Duluth News Tribune

The Duluth City Council will be asked to go into closed session Thursday night to discuss ongoing lawsuits including one involving a woman who was injured in a traffic accident with a Duluth police squad car nearly two years ago.

On July 23, 2011, Lauren Nash, 26, collided with a vehicle driven by Duluth Police Officer David A. Hnatek, 42, who was on the southbound shoulder of Minnesota State Highway 23 and attempted to make a U-turn across traffic into the southbound lane of the road.

She sustained injuries to her neck, shoulder and lumbar spine, according to a court complaint.

Nash’s attorney, Eric Beyer, said his client already has sustained medical expenses in excess of $40,000 and may require cervical surgery in the near future. Her physical injuries also have rendered Nash incapable of returning to her prior job as a massage therapist, Beyer said.

The city already has picked up the tab for damage to the car Nash was driving, a 2009 Subaru that belonged to a friend.

Formerly a resident of Duluth, Nash now makes her home in Arizona.

City Attorney Gunnar Johnson said his office is exploring possible settlement options, and he plans to bring city councilors up to speed on the case Thursday evening.

Attorneys for the city and Nash have scheduled a mediation session on

June 5.

If negotiations fail to produce a settlement, a trial is scheduled for

July 30.

via Duluth City Council to discuss lawsuit involving squad car accident | Duluth News Tribune | Duluth, Minnesota.

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