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Pedestrian Hit Wins Settlement Against East Haven Police

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File photo of an East Haven police car (credit: Getty Images)

File photo of an East Haven police car (credit: Getty Images)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ Attorneys for a West Haven man say a jury has awarded him $12.2 million after he was hit by a van driven by a man who had been detained earlier by East Haven police.

Attorney Michael Stratton says the New Haven Superior Court jury reached the verdict Wednesday in favor of Thomas Ventura and against East Haven police. He said after police responded to a call of a suspected impaired driver in 2006 they drove the driver home and did not impound his vehicle.

Stratton says the driver returned to his vehicle and drove away, hitting Ventura, a pedestrian, blocks away. He says Ventura suffered a traumatic brain injury and fractures and required numerous surgeries.

Hugh Keefe, attorney for the police, says there was insufficient evidence to justify the verdict.

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