CLEVELAND – The City of Cleveland will settle the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the families of two people killed during a November 2012 police chase and shooting for $3 million.
The families of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams will each receive $1.5 million.
Cuyahoga County Probate Court Judge Anthony Russo approved the settlement during a hearing Tuesday morning.
Paul Cristallo, an attorney representing Russell’s family, told NewsChannel 5 Investigators the family is glad the city quickly settled the lawsuit.
“There’s never enough money to replace a human life. And so it’s still a sad situation for them but I know that they’re glad the process has taken its course and we’re moving on,” he said.
The City of Cleveland sent NewsChannel 5 the following statement about the settlement:
“The City settled this case with the plaintiffs to resolve the lawsuit and avoid drawn-out litigation. The settlement is not an acknowledgement of liability.” – Dan Williams, Media Relations Director
The settlement will be divided between attorney fees and the victims’ relatives.
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