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$5.1 MILLION AWARDED TO VICTIMS IN POLICE CHASE

MUNICIPAL LIABILITY

Jurors awarded $5.1 million to the survivors of two people killed in an accident in Portville following a high-speed chase by the NYS Police.  The State Supreme Court jury deliberated for three hours before returning a wrongful death award of $4.7 million for the family of the driver of the car, a mother of three, killed in the accident.  The female victim was driving west on Route 417 when a pickup truck crashed head-on into her auto.  The pickup truck, at the time of the collision, was being pursued by the state police at a high rate of speed.  The driver of the auto was pronounced dead on arrival at Olean General Hospital.