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Mountain View Voice

News - January 25, 2013

Crime briefs

Cop car crash settlement

The city of Mountain View has reached a $212,500 settlement with a woman who claims she was hit by a Mountain View police officer who was driving recklessly.

Officer Wahed Magee is alleged to have been driving 65 miles per hour when he hit Ann Vick's vehicle in a 35-mile-per-hour zone on Middlefield Road near Leslie Court on Dec. 28, 2011.

Vick, who was also driving, suffered a fracture to her collarbone that required surgical implants, leaving a scar, according to a claim from Vick's lawyer, Redwood City-based David Marble. Magee was on duty and driving a police car that was not on a "code 3" call, meaning the lights and sirens weren't on.

The claim also alleges that the city neglected to trim a street tree that blocked Vick's vision of the oncoming traffic.

Police spokesman Sean Thomson said Magee is still employed by the police department.

On Tuesday, City Attorney Jannie Quinn said the settlement had been reached, but declined to comment further, saying, "The City does not comment on any personnel matters."

The city was originally asked to pay $750,000 in damages, including $74,881 in medical expenses, $75,000 in future medical expenses, $450,000 for "pain and suffering" and $150,000 for "loss of quality of life."

—Daniel DeBolt

Fatal crash

A woman was killed early Sunday morning when her car struck a tree in Mountain View, police said.

Officers responded to reports of a crash on Central Expressway near state Highway 85 at about 12:20 a.m. on Jan. 20, according to Mountain View police.

A woman driving a Chevrolet sedan swerved into a center divide and struck a tree, police said. Her vehicle burst into flames upon impact. Firefighters responded and quickly extinguished the fire.

The driver was declared dead at the scene.

Excessive speed was believed to be a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation by the Mountain View Police Department.

Anyone who saw the collision is asked to contact the police department at (650) 903-6344.

—Bay City News Service

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