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Baltimore set to approve $30k settlement for fatal car chase

The Baltimore City Board of Estimates is set to approve a $30,000 settlement for the mother of a child struck and killed in a crash involving a driver fleeing from a police officer.

Officer Aisha White-Bey was on patrol on June 16, 2016 and spotted a suspected stolen vehicle, which she pursued at a high speed with her lights and sirens on, according to a memorandum about the settlement. The driver struck another car near Lombard and South Gilmor streets, and one or both cars struck and killed 9-year-old Amirah Kinlaw while she was walking home from Steuart Hill Academic Academy, according to the memo.

Kinlaw’s mother, April Carter, filed suit in Baltimore City Circuit Court last year alleging White-Bey was driving at an excessive speed and operating contrary to department policy, which prohibits engaging in high-speed pursuits except under exigent circumstances.

The vehicle had been reported stolen shortly after noon that day and the pursuit, which began around 2:30 p.m., only covered three blocks but White-Bey allegedly reached speeds as high as 54 mph, according to the complaint.

The lawsuit described Kinlaw as a “beloved vibrant and active nine-year-old student” whose death caused and continues to cause her mother extreme emotional distress and grief.

Carter is “very happy that there’s going to be some settlement but no amount of money will ever take away the pain that she feels,” said Matthew E. Bennett, of the Law Office of Matthew E. Bennett in Silver Spring and the plaintiff’s lawyer.

Carter also was represented by Franklin J. Muher of Glusing & Muher LLC in Parkville.

The defendants, which included the police department and the city, denied the allegations.

The settlement was recommended by the Baltimore City Law Department due to the circumstances of the case and based on a review of the facts and legal issues, according to the memo.

The case is April Carter v. Aisha White-Bey, 24C17003678.

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