City to pay $300,000 to family of man killed in collision with police car

A police car en route to an emergency call smashed into a Saturn coup last December, killing the coup’s 30-year-old driver, Christopher Perkins. Perkins’ family filed a negligence claim, and, on Tuesday, Wichita City Council members will vote to settle the case for $300,000.

“Because of the uncertainty and risk that a judgment at trial would exceed this amount, the Law Department recommends acceptance of the offer,” a city report on the settlement says. “The settlement of this claim does not constitute an admission of liability on the part of the City or the officers. Rather, it is merely a settlement to resolve a long disputed claim.” (more)