The three kids of a person killed in a high-speed automobile chase in Greenville County had been issued a $250,000 settlement in a wrongful loss of life lawsuit in opposition to the South Carolina Freeway Patrol.
The household of Michael Mansell had sought $1 million in damages based mostly on claims of the Freeway Patrol’s negligent hiring, coaching and supervision of its troopers.
Trooper Austyn Vaughn was fired after an inside investigation of the wreck on July 8, 2019 revealed Vaughn lied to his supervisor about touring at a excessive price of velocity to pursue one other automobile. The pursuit alongside US 29 and Interstate 85 led to a crash on an exit ramp. Mansell was a passenger within the automobile pushed by Kent Eric Washington, who was later charged with felony DUI. His prices are nonetheless pending.
Court docket data present the $250,000 settlement, authorised by the courts on Might 10, will go to Mansell’s three younger kids by Natasha Mansell, Michael Mansell’s mom who was the non-public consultant of the lawsuit. A part of the settlement — $84,037.26 — may also go towards attorneys’ charges, court docket data present.
Attorneys didn’t instantly reply to cellphone message or emails Monday.
Regardless of the settlement, the Freeway Patrol contended on court docket paperwork that the company or its workers weren’t liable for Mansell’s loss of life.
“Petitioner alleges that respondents are at the least partially liable for the collision that resulted in Mr. Mansell’s loss of life — a declare which respondents expressly deny. Petitioner acknowledges that this decision is to a declare the details of which stay in dispute,” the settlement order states.
The lawsuit, first filed in Might 2020, acknowledged that Vaughn tried to make a site visitors cease when he noticed Washington touring 56 mph in a 40 mph zone. Throughout the chase by site visitors, Washington’s speeds went as much as 117 mph, based on the lawsuit.
Vaughn initially denied that he was ever engaged in a pursuit when his supervisor requested what led to the crash. He had solely been with the Freeway Patrol for a few 12 months. Contact info for Vaughn couldn’t be situated.
Daniel J. Gross is an investigative watchdog reporter specializing in public security and regulation enforcement for The Greenville Information. Attain him at email@example.com or on Twitter @danieljgross. Subscribe to The Greenville Information at greenvillenews.com/subscribe.