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Wrongful Death Suit Settled in Wichita Girl’s Death

Posted on August 20th, 2013

The wrongful death lawsuit over a 12-year-old’s death has been settled in Court. Parents of Suhani Bhakta will receive $300,000 in damages from the city of Wichita.

Bhakta was killed after a Wichita police officer, Atlee Vogt, hit her with his patrol car while responding to a burglary. Vogt was driving over the speed limit and not using emergency lights or sirens. Although the police department stands by Vogt noting that he was following policy, but may have had an obstructed view from other vehicles, the Judge still ruled in favor of the Bhakta’s.

The attorney representing the Bhakta family stated that “The police department and its officers either need to abide by the law and drive by the parameters of the posted speed limits, or they need to operate with their lights and sirens.”

For more details, read the full story here.

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