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$6.6M Paid To Settle LAPD Crash Death

July 02, 2012  | 

The Los Angeles City Council has agreed to pay $6.6 million to settle a lawsuit stemming from a fatal crash involving a speeding Los Angeles Police Department officer.

The settlement is the largest the city has paid to the family of a citizen killed in a police vehicle accident.

The accident occurred on a night in April 2010 when 27-year-old Jovanna Lugo's car was broadsided by a police vehicle driven by Officer Richard Brubaker as she pulled out of her Sylmar driveway, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Brubaker and his partner were responding to a report of a possible stolen car and had not activated the cruiser's emergency lights. The police vehicle was estimated to be traveling about 70 mph in a 35-mph zone. The headlights on the police car were also turned off, reports the Times.

Comments (9)

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crispianranger @ 7/2/2012 9:50 PM

Sounds like the cops were driving carelessly, but what on earth makes this woman so valuable? Sorry for the families loss but how many ordinary folks will ever generate that much money and are so important that society needs to be paid if they die????.

City councill would be better engaged by prevent further occurances by putting the money into training etc.

Bob @ 7/3/2012 4:38 AM

crispianranger, are you kidding? How much value should we place on a young person's life when snuffed out by reckless conduct? The penalty must hurt the city in order to affect change. Otherwise, lower penalties simply get rolled into the cost of doing business as usual. Training isn't the issue in this case, judgment is the issue. Had a civilian done the same thing, charges of negligent homicide would have been brought. There should be one standard for justice, not two.

Phil @ 7/3/2012 4:49 AM

That's a large settlement, good for the family. Maybe now the citizens of LA will demand that their police officers receive training.

I don't know about out there, but here in RiverCity out of state cops used to send their kids to us for a job just because of the training we were known for. Now we do not train more than state mandated minimums, and most of that has been on the intranet.

Cops need continual training so that their judgement does not slip and become complacent since we are dealing with peoples lives and property, when all the city understands is cash flow.

Its like the commercial, 'Pay me now, or pay me later.'

Rev. Lowrey @ 7/3/2012 9:40 AM

Thanks Bob and Phil for some common sense.
PD's should make sure their recruits have some before investing in any training or hiring.
It seems like today any jerk that can do 10 pushups can be a cop.
The PD's need to clean the ranks of idiots and paranoid Rambo wannabe's.

Steve @ 7/3/2012 10:34 AM

LE isn't today what it was many years ago. Back when I joined the department, I joined because I WANTED to be a Police officer, pay didn't mean anything at that point. I'm not saying don't pay these men a women a good wage, not at all, I now have a Son who is a Police officer and I want him paid well. What I'm aluding to is, it seems today there are more Cops that are there for the money only and not because they Love the Job. I have been out of LE for a long time and there isn't a day go by that I don't wish I was still in uniform. What this Officer did was criminal, he lacked traing, but more than that he lacked what makes a Police Officer a Police Officer, COMMON SENSE, what an Idiot.

john @ 7/7/2012 1:00 PM

The officer did not lack training...and more training of this officer (or all other officers) won't make a single bit of difference.

Knowing what to do (training) is not the same as doing what you know (judgement).

If the officer didn't know that his vehicle had lights and siren, then training could correct the deficiency.

However, if the officer knew the vehicle had lights and siren, but chose not to turn them on and then sped (70 in a 30) in the dark (no headlights), no training in the world could cure that kind of stupidity.

Ignorance can be fixed, stupidity is forever.

chuck @ 7/10/2012 2:36 PM

How many of you on this site are cops? if you are one then ask yourself this, what are you trained to do when approaching the scene of an inprogress felony? a bank robbery, a burglary, a rape, a home invasion and yes an in progress stolen vehicle? When you arrive, what do you do? you turn your freaking lights (headlights included) off, you turn your siren off. Why? because if you don't you laret the bad guys, you let them know where you are and when you will be on scene. why do you do this, so you don't alert the bad guys and so you don't roll into a possible ambush. do any of you know where the stolen vehicle was, how far from the scene of the crash? Was it around the corner, was it down the street, was it right there where the accident occurred. Do any of you arm chair quarterbacks know? Quick to judge for not knowing and not ahving all the facts arent we? If this was something more than a very tragic accident then were then I didn't see it in the article (of course most news media are not real good at reporting the facts anymore anyway), but I didn't see anywhere where the officers were being held on criminal charges, this again leads me to believe (my opinion only) that this was a terrible and tragic accident, and nothing more.

Ray Cannefax @ 3/8/2013 4:57 AM

We have invented and manufacture a device that will allow officers to respond to incidents without engaging light-bar or audible siren. Our radio frequency based technology will send a siren alarm into the interior of every car within a 300 - 500 meter range of the squad car with the silent siren activated.
Our objective - save the lives of the first responders, police men, fire men, EMTs, by giving them an advantage they do not have now - an alarm that turns on inside the interior of private motor vehicles as an emergency vehicle with the device activated approaches.

roseyred @ 3/22/2016 2:47 PM

I had a personal relationship with the officer involved at the time and it was all idiocy he should not be a cop it was his fault. everything in the story is true

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