Oakland City Council set to approve $12M settlement for man hurt by officer

OAKLAND (BCN)-- The Oakland City Council is expected to vote tonight to approve a $12 million settlement for a motorcyclist who was severely injured when an Oakland police officer crashed into him last year.

Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker wrote in a memo to council members that Elliott Van Fleet, who was 33, at the time, suffered serious injuries, including what required the fusion of his spinal vertebrate, 
amputation of his left leg below his knee and several fractures, in the collision on March 25, 2017.

The City Council voted 6-1-1 in favor of approving the $12 million settlement at a meeting on May 15, with Larry Reid absent and Desley Brooks abstaining.

The council is expected to give its second and final approval at its meeting tonight, which is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.

City Attorney spokesman Alex Katz said the city's insurance carrier will pay for $9 million of the $12 million settlement.

A GoFundMe website that was set up to help Van Fleet describes the collision as "life-changing" and says it happened two weeks before his wedding date.

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