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Baltimore spending panel to consider $30K settlement for child struck by police car

The Baltimore City Board of Estimates will consider a proposed $30,000 settlement Wednesday to resolve a lawsuit stemming from a 2015 incident where a police officer responding to a reported crime struck a child with his vehicle.

Officer Nicholas Lancetta was driving on Falls Road on his way to a car break-in in progress when Purnell Summerville III entered the roadway, according to a memorandum about the settlement prepared for the spending panel. Summerville “sustained serious and critical injuries” including a broken leg and traumatic brain injury.

Tiesha Brooks filed suit in Baltimore City Circuit Court on behalf of Summerville and alleged Lancetta was negligent. The city contends that Lancetta is immune from liability because he was performing an emergency service at the time of the collision.

The Baltimore Law Department recommended resolution of the case “to avoid the expense, time, and uncertainties of further protracted litigation.”

Brooks and Summerville are represented by Baltimore attorney Gregory W. Jones, who was not immediately available for comment Monday.

The case is Tiesha Brooks v. Officer Nicholas Lancetta et al., 24C17002608.

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