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Hartford to pay $2.9M to settle fatal police crash lawsuit

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HARTFORD — The city of Hartford has reached a $2.9 million settlement agreement with the estate of a man who was fatally injured when a speeding police cruiser struck his car in July 2012.

The Hartford Courant reports the settlement between the city and the estate of 50-year-old Anthony Mansfield was reached in January but wasn’t revealed until Monday.

Mansfield died at a hospital seven days after the July 13, 2012 accident involving a patrol car driven by Officer Taikwon Dudley.

Police said Dudley was driving 57 mph when he went through a red light at the intersection of Woodland Street and Albany Avenue and struck Mansfield’s vehicle. The officer was pursuing an armed suspect at the time.

Dudley was acquitted of all charges stemming from the crash in May 2015.