NY County To Pay $7.5.M To Settle 2012 Storm Death Lawsuit
RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) — Long Island officials have agreed to pay $7.5 million to settle lawsuits involving the accidental death of a 21-year-old student college during Superstorm Sandy.
The settlement was announced Tuesday when Suffolk County officials voted on a resolution to pay the settlement. Newsday reports (http://nwsdy.li/2sfpEnD ) the full county legislature will vote next Tuesday on borrowing an additional $3 million for the settlement.
Stony Brook University student Vishwaja Muppa, of Edison, New Jersey, was killed and three other women were injured in October 2012 when a county police car crashed into their vehicle at an intersection in Port Jefferson.
Police said the storm had knocked out the traffic light and the officer didn't have his emergency lights on.
The other three passengers, who also receive a portion of the settlement, suffered severe and permanent injuries.
Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com