Scottsdale pays $25K to settle negligent claim against city

Scottsdale Police Department Headquarters is at 8401 E. Indian School Road. (Independent Newsmedia/Terrance Thornton)

Scottsdale Police Department Headquarters is at 8401 E. Indian School Road. (File photo)

A settlement of $25,000 to a superior court negligence lawsuit against the city was approved last Tuesday by Scottsdale City Council.

Scottsdale Police Officer Kevin Reynolds was responding to a call on a reckless driver Nov. 30, 2013, a city staff report describes. Officer Reynolds stopped for a red light at the intersection of Hayden Road and Indian School Road.

He waited until the light for intersecting traffic cycled to yellow before activating his police emergency lights.

According to the report, Officer Reynolds looked both ways to be sure the roads were clear before heading through the intersection. That was when a Mercedes entered the intersection and collided with Officer Reynolds’ car. Amor Dulatahu, the driver of the Mercedes, claimed multiple injuries as a result of the collision, the report states.

His negligence lawsuit against the city of Scottsdale was pending in Maricopa County Superior Court when council approved the settlement.

Mr. Dulatahu’s initial Notice of Claim sought $125,000 from the city. He agreed to settle his case against the city and Officer Reynolds for $25,000, the report continues.

The City Attorney’s Office, who defended the case, and the Risk Management Department considered the uncertainty of litigation and additional cost of moving forward to jury trial. According to the report, it was decided reaching a settlement removes the risk of litigation, and is in the best interest of the city.

City council upheld the city’s recommendation and authorized the $25,000 settlement at the April 14 city council meeting.

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