Politics & Government

City settles with driver in bus traffic accident for $12,660

A man involved in a March traffic accident with a city bus will receive a $12,660 settlement from the city.

The City Council decided Tuesday that Philmore Burns will receive the settlement after the maroon 1993 Ford Taurus he was driving was rear-ended by a city bus last March.

The accident occurred at Lincoln and Oliver, according to police reports.

The officer’s report at the scene stated that Burns said he had “a little whiplash but would get checked out later at the hospital.” The vehicle was still drivable, according to the report.

Burns told The Eagle he was driving his girlfriend’s car on his way to work and it was totaled from the damage. He went to the hospital to get checked out after the accident.

“No cuts or lacerations, but I was pretty banged up,” he said.

Burns said he did not have health insurance and now has hospital liens against him from his visit.

“There’s nothing to do about it, just roll on with the program,” he said of the wait on the settlement.

The city’s legal department recommended the settlement “due to the uncertainty and risk of an adverse judgment at trial,” according to city documents, and it can be paid through the city’s self-insurance funds or general obligation bonds.

The driver of the bus is no longer employed by the city, according to the city’s human resources department.

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