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$3 MILLION SETTLEMENT REACHED

Jack E. Noel, a Town of Evans police officer permanently disabled when a hit and run Canadian trucker hauling lumber sideswiped his patrol car 11 years ago, has agreed to a $3 million settlement from insurance carriers for an Ontario trucking concern, his lawyer said Friday.

John J. Fromen Sr., said Noel, now 46, who was taking information from a stranded motorist when he was struck on the west shoulder of Route 20 near Eden Evans Center Road on Feb. 2, 1988, will be paid his full settlement within the next 21 days.

Insurance carriers for Taunton Truck and Trailer Leasing Inc. of Oshawa, Ont., will make the payments for the severe back injuries that ended Noel's 15-year police career, Fromen said.

The settlement came as State Supreme Court Justice Joseph R. Glownia was about to conduct a trial in Noel's personal injury case against Taunton Truck, two other Canadian corporate defendants and a Canadian trucker, Fromen said.

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