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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Information from: Daily News, http://www.bgdailynews.com

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-04-27-08 1410EDT


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  • by Law Student Location: Lexington on Nov 8, 2010 at 10:05 AM
    The officer wasn't approaching a stop sign, only the girl was. 9 mph is nowhere close to a stop, so it is the girls fault that she was hit. The officer was doing his job just like every other officer, and wasn't out out of control by not using his lights. If you expect an officer to use their lights in every situation they encounter, then you are sadly mistaken. This is a very unfortunate incident, but for the officer to be held liable is ridiculous. If not for the girls negligence in ignoring the stop sign, there would have been no accident. To say the girl was driving innocently is wrong, she was driving ignorantly. She ran the stop sign. The officer was responding to a call by protocol. To offer that he should be stripped of his badge and receive jail time would be the same to hold a jury liable if they convict someone of a crime they didn't do. It's not their fault, they are working with the facts given them. The cop was working well within his situation.
  • by Don Location: Georgetown on Apr 27, 2008 at 05:30 PM
    Why is this being paid? Sounds like it was her fault by running the stop sign
  • by Duncan Location: Lex, KY on Apr 27, 2008 at 12:18 PM
    This is just sad, there are too many traffic related accidents like this one. It wasn't the girls fault, she was just driving innocently. If it was raining and the officer was responding to a level 2 call, he shouldn't of exceeded the speed limit. Also, if he is approaching a stop sign, he MUST have his lights on especially during BAD weather. This is the Officers fault and he should be stripped of his badge and get some jail time which should open us his eyes better so he can see! This happened to a sibling of mine and it was a bright clear day. Beleive me, it's painful and it's uncalled for. It's the careless drivers that cause these and we need to have strict rules to put these people away.

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