Papillion to pay thousands in settlement

By: Channel 8 Newsroom

PAPILLION, Neb. (AP) The eastern Nebraska city of Papillion has agreed to pay $70,000 in a settlement with a woman injured when a speeding police car slammed into her vehicle in 2008.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that Alicia Johnston was a 28-year-old nurse at the time of the crash. She sued in 2009, seeking to recoup $21,000 in medical bills, plus additional damages for lost wages, destroyed car, and pain and suffering. Her lawyer originally submitted a settlement claim for $385,000.

Her lawsuit said an on-duty police officer was traveling faster than 60 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour speed zone and did not have the cruiser's emergency lights or siren activated when he crashed into the side of her car.

The officer has since resigned from the force.