Personal Injury: City of St. Louis Police

Parties: Plaintiff: S.S.; Defendant: Board of Police Commissioners
Jurisdiction: St. Louis City, Missouri
Amount of Settlement: $221,500

Plaintiff was returning to Boeing after lunch with colleagues as a passenger in a vehicle driven by D.P. Plaintiff was injured when D.P.'s Explorer collided with a St. Louis City Police car. There were differing accounts of just how this collision occurred.

D.P. claimed that Officer G ran through the intersection located at Banshee Road and Lot 27 of Boeing without a siren and without his flashing lights, while the officer claimed that D.P. failed to yield to his siren and flashing lights. Several witnesses disagreed on whether or not Officer G’s vehicle had lights and a siren prior to the collision. By all accounts, Officer G was responding to a “suspicious vehicle” parked at the airport, although there was no distress, and he did not stop at the intersection. Indeed, the Department later cited and admonished Officer Gilliam for responding to a non-emergency in an emergency fashion. Several witnesses testified that he was traveling at a high rate of speed as he entered the intersection and struck D.P’s Explorer, causing the Explorer to spin and collide with a guard shack on the other side of the intersection.

Plaintiff suffered injuries to his back and a broken shoulder blade in the collision. While Plaintiff claimed his injuries were permanent, Dr. Van Ryne performed an independent medical examination and testified that Mr. Smith’s injuries had healed and that his current condition was a result of repetitive movement. Moreover, the Defendants noted that since the collision Plaintiff was able to perform intensely physical home improvements such as remodeling and patio installation.

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