City of Wichita to settle lawsuit in girl’s death

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The city of Wichita plans to settle a lawsuit filed after a 12-year-old girl was hit and killed by a police patrol car.

Officials say the city will pay the parents of Suhani Bhakta $300,000 to settle a wrongful death lawsuit. The girl was killed in February 2012 when she was hit by the patrol car as she ran across a road near her home.

A Kansas Highway Patrol investigation verified that the officer was speeding in a 30 mph zone and was not using lights or a siren.

Police said the officer was following policy and a sports utility vehicle may have obstructed his view.

The settlement is on the consent agenda for the Wichita City Council’s meeting next Tuesday.

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