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Roanoke settles suit stemming from wreck involving officer

ROANOKE (AP) The city of Roanoke has settled a lawsuit stemming from a traffic accident involving an on-duty police officer.

The Roanoke Times reports the city paid $585,000 to settle the lawsuit filed by Helen Cunningham of Roanoke. The lawsuit had sought $5 million in damages.

Cunningham’s attorney, Verbena Askew, says the two sides agreed on the settlement through mediation. Roanoke City Council authorized the settlement last month.

Police said an unmarked police car driven by Officer D.L. Miley hit a van driven by Cunningham in March 2008. Miley was responding to a domestic assault when the wreck occurred.

Senior assistant city attorney Tim Spencer said the city is self-insured and provides coverage of up to $1 million for employees who are acting within the scope of their duties.

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