At the Jan. 27 meeting, the City Commission approved a personal injury settlement between Alejandro Leiva and Ethan Honorat against the City of Tallahassee. This settlement comes from a car accident involving a Tallahassee Police Department car. This settlement will resolve the claims against the City for a total of $146,049, including $16,049 worth of property damage. The amount will be paid from the Risk Management Fund.
On Jan, 24, 2019, Leiva was driving and was hit by a Tallahassee Police Department vehicle at the intersection of W. College Avenue and South Macomb St. The accident happened because the police officer ran a red light. The accident caused Leiva, a 23-year-old college student, and his passenger, Honorat, to suffer multiple injuries. Their total medical expenses added up to $96,559.
Leiva and Honorat served the City with a lawsuit seeking damages for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. This case was negotiated by Risk Management for a full settlement of $146,049.
This sum includes property damage to Leiva’s vehicle, which was totaled, costs and attorney fees. Leiva suffered injuries to his neck, shoulder, knee and ankle and had to receive a partial discectomy because of herniated discs. His medical expenses added up to $50,532. Honorat also suffered injuries to his neck, back, knees and ankles and had to receive injections to his cervical spine and a partial discectomy. His medical bills added up to $46,017.