Family, Bowling Green Settle Suit Over Fatal Crash

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - The family of a Western Kentucky University student killed a wreck with a Bowling Green police officer have reached a $1 million settlement with the city.

Allison "Ali" Carter, 20, of Evansville, Ind., died when her vehicle was hit in the side by a police cruiser driven by officer David Hall in April 2006. Carter was a sophomore at Western Kentucky when she died.

The Carter's attorney, H. Phillip Grossman of Louisville, said the settlement helped the family find out what happened when their daughter was killed.

Bowling Green Police Officer Barry Pruitt, spokesman for the Bowling Green Police Department, said the city would not comment.

Kentucky State Police say Hall had the right of way while driving 47 mph in a 35 mph zone without his lights or sirens on. City police say Hall was trying to catch a hit and run driver.

Hall was responding to a "level 2" call, which meant he was not supposed to exceed the speed limit. Under city police policy, however, the officer is to leave the lights or sirens off unless they need to get through an intersection where they don't have the right of way.

State Police say Carter ran a stop sign at an intersection, with her lowest speed 9 mph, as she came to the intersection during a rainstorm.

The family has also established a college scholarship in Ali Carter's memory.

"We wanted to find out what happened to Ali and why. It was also important to us to be part of the solution that could encourage police traffic practices that would prevent serious injury and death to innocent citizens of the city of Bowling Green," Grossman said.

Grossman said Ali Carter's parents, Rebecca and Michael Carter, had offered to meet with Chief Doug Hawkins to discus the handling of families in crisis.
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