Senate approves $7.7M for settlement after trooper chase crash

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Michigan expects to spend $7.7 million on a legal settlement following a state police car chase that killed a 64-year-old Flint woman and severely injured two others.

The Senate voted 30-5 Thursday to amend the budget to authorize the additional spending. The bill goes to the House.

Trooper Timothy Fagin was pursuing a fleeing car in July 2014 after an attempted stop for a seat belt violation when he ran a red light and struck a third vehicle. Jacqueline Nichols was killed.

Her family filed a $50 million lawsuit.

The fleeing driver, Curtis Lee II, was charged with fleeing police causing death and other crimes.

State police spokeswoman Shanon Banner says while the settlement doesn’t change what happened, the agency “regrets the tragic outcome” and hopes the settlement provides restitution.

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