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Man hurt in crash involving Niagara Falls police car settles lawsuit for $500,000

NIAGARA FALLS - Glenn G. Bartlett of Niagara Falls will be paid $500,000 to settle his lawsuit against the City of Niagara Falls.

He was hurt two years ago in a crash between a police car and a pickup truck.

The City Council approved the payout last week, after State Supreme Court Justice Mark A. Montour ruled the police officer was entirely at fault. A trial would have been held this month only on the question of how large the damage payment to Bartlett should have been.

"The client was very happy," said his attorney, Charles S. Desmond II.

Bartlett, 57, underwent low back surgery in the wake of the collision, which occurred just before midnight Feb. 8, 2015, at Walnut Avenue and Ninth Street.

Officer Brittany T. Searight, 26, drove the wrong way on Ninth Street, a one-way street, without lights or siren on the way to assist at a call. Bartlett was a passenger in a pickup truck headed west on Walnut Avenue, driven by Thomas N. Mulholland, 28, of Porter Road, Niagara Falls.


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