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Lawmakers OK $21M For On-The-Job Employee Crashes

Lawmakers OK $21M For On-The-Job Employee Crashes

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Lawmakers are sending Gov. Jerry Brown legislation allowing the state to pay nearly $21 million in settlements for two vehicle crashes involving state employees while they were on the job.

In one, a CalFire chief rear-ended a vehicle on Interstate 210 in San Bernardino in August 2012, killing Gregory Kirwin. The state Department of Justice agreed to pay $15 million to settle a wrongful death claim filed on behalf of Kirwin's children, who were 4 and 7 at the time.

The state also will pay $5.7 million to a man who is paralyzed from the chest down after a motorcycle crash with a Department of Public Health employee in San Leandro in December 2011. Both men were found equally at fault for the crash.

The Senate approved AB234 Wednesday, 35-1.

 

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