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Police car striking pedestrian costs city $40K

The city’s spending panel has approved a $40,000 settlement with a Lansdowne woman who was struck by a police car almost three years ago.

Corrine Harris sought $200,000 in her lawsuit, which was scheduled for trial last month in Baltimore City Circuit Court.

A settlement was reached Sept. 30, according to online court records. The settlement was subject to the approval granted Wednesday by the Board of Estimates.

Harris had stooped to pick up a dropped pocketbook on Ramsey Street in West Baltimore in November 2011 when she was hit by a car driven by Officer Krystal Yolanda Moody, according to a memo on the settlement prepared by the City Law Department for the Board of Estimates.

Harris, who suffered multiple but unspecified injuries, sought damages for negligence, according to her lawsuit, filed in April 2013 in Baltimore City Circuit Court. She was represented by Charles A. Arcodia, a solo practitioner in Phoenix.

Moody did not see Harris as she turned a corner from one-way Monroe Street onto two-way Ramsey Street, according to the memo.

The City Law Department, in court documents, acknowledged that Moody struck Harris with the police car; however, it claimed the accident took place in the middle of the night, and that Harris was wearing dark clothing and had been drinking.

The case is Corrine Harris v. Krystal Yolanda Moody, Case No. 24C13002059, Baltimore City Circuit Court.

About Danny Jacobs

Danny Jacobs is the legal editor at The Daily Record. He previously covered trial courts at the state and local levels and served as web editor.