PORTSMOUTH, VA. (WAVY) – The city of Portsmouth has settled a $ 11 million death toll after a police chase in 2021 ended in an accident that killed a man and disabled a woman.
Lawyers Temika Pleas announced the meeting on Monday morning before a court hearing to finalize the agreement. $ 11 million was the maximum amount issued under the Portsmouth insurance policy.
Requests received severe and irreversible injuries as a result of the March 13, 2021 accident and her husband Calvin Majete III was killed.
Portsmouth Police was chasing 28-year-old Ciara Eliot about fraud, forgery and driving with suspended rights when she drove at a red light on California Avenue and Portsmouth Avenue. Her Jeep Wrangler crashed into the door by the Chrysler 200 driver, instantly killing Majete. Ples suffered a head injury with complications that prevented her from returning to work and caring for her three children.
Lawyers for Pleas said the officer violated “principles of proper police conduct” by participating in a chase in a high-traffic area near downtown Portsmouth, and that Elliott posed no threat until the chase began. She pleaded guilty to manslaughter on February 9, with a verdict due in April.
“The size of the calculation will give some sense of stability to this family and their three children. Although there will never be enough money to replace life, we hope it will provide some comfort and security, ”said prosecutor Kevin Biniazan.
Meanwhile, Dell. Don Scott, another Pleas lawyer, is urging Portsmouth police to prevent this by adhering to policies and improving the training of officers.
He scheduled a press conference Monday at 9:30 p.m.