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TROOPER HURT IN CRASH RECEIVES $2.5 MILLION

State Trooper Kimberly A. Sobus has received a $2.5 million settlement from insurance carriers for a Wyoming County dairy farm for injuries suffered when her patrol car was rear-ended three years ago, her lawyer said Thursday.

Attorney Jed Dietrich of Cellino & Barnes said Sobus, 40, a trooper for 12 years, has received the insurance check and is attempting to return to full-time road duty.

She suffered severe neck and spinal injuries Aug. 6, 2001, when a Merrimac Farms employee fell asleep at the wheel of her pickup truck and hit the back of Sobus' patrol car as she was turning left from Main Road onto Route 20A in Warsaw, Dietrich said.

A Warsaw resident, Sobus had a negligence suit pending before acting State Supreme Court Justice Mark H. Dadd when the pretrial settlement was reached, Dietrich said. Sobus initially was off work for six months after the accident.

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