City Of Tulsa Settles Trash Truck Lawsuit

Tuesday, April 19th 2011, 12:27 pm
By: News On 6

Emory Bryan, News On 6

TULSA, Oklahoma -- The city of Tulsa will pay $50,000 to settle a 2010 lawsuit over a crash involving a Tulsa city trash truck.

Assistant City Attorney Gerald Bender said the city truck hit a pickup truck at 69th and Lewis. The driver of the pickup, Leon Glover, was injured in the crash and required $39,327 in medical treatment.

The city settled the lawsuit in Tulsa County District Court this month to avoid the uncertainty of litigation and does not admit fault, according to the court documents. The settlement prevents any further claims from the crash.

Bender said the Glover had $11,635 in lost personal items and other damages to his 2003 Chevy Silverado. Bender noted that through a negotiated settlement, the city of Tulsa is paying Glover less than the actual amount of his losses, with no punitive damages.

Bender said the trash truck driver approached an intersection without anticipating the light changing and was unable to stop in time to avoid the crash.