Politics & Government

City settles with drivers in traffic accidents for $39,000

The city has settled with two drivers for nearly $40,000 in cases where city-owned vehicles hit cars.

“Due to the uncertainty and risk of an adverse judgment at trial, the Law Department recommends the settlement,” city documents say about the incidents.

In one case, a police report from Dec. 30, 2013, says a city van driven by James McQuery failed to yield at the intersection of Emporia and Mount Vernon and collided with a 1992 white BMW driven by Amber Ruiz. No injuries were reported.

The City Council authorized a lump sum payment of $11,500 for that incident.

In another incident from Feb. 17, 2014, a police car driven by Officer Vannessa Minks turned left off Harry onto Woodlawn and collided with a 1997 white Geo driven by Danielle Hannah, according to police reports. Hannah was taken with injuries to Via Christi St. Francis.

The city’s settlement in that case totaled $27,500.

Both payments will be made from the city’s self insurance fund.

Reach Kelsey Ryan at 316-269-6752 or kryan@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @kelsey_ryan.