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Baltimore to pay $65,000 to woman whose car was hit by police vehicle

Baltimore’s spending board approved a $65,000 settlement Wednesday for a woman whose car was hit by a Baltimore Police vehicle in 2015.

The settlement, approved by the Board of Estimates, releases the city and the police department of any further liability in the crash, which happened Dec. 23, 2015 at the intersection of Lombard Street and Highland Avenue.

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According to the board’s agenda, Tuesday Nemcek-Skelton was driving east on Lombard Street through the intersection with Highland Avenue with a green light when a police vehicle driven by Officer Jason Funk entered the intersection without its lights and siren activated. Funk’s vehicle hit Nemcek-Skelton’s car, causing an injury to her shoulder that required surgery, the agenda states.

City lawyers recommended the settlement to “avoid the expense and uncertainty of trial as a well as a potentially adverse jury verdict,” according to the Board of Estimates agenda.

Funk, a member of the police force since 2013, remains on the job, city records show.

A spokesman for Baltimore Police did not respond to a request for comment.

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