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Settlement approved for crash involving Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy

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The family of a 25-year-old woman who was killed in a multi-vehicle collision involving a Sheriff’s Department patrol car will receive a $750,000 settlement from Los Angeles County. 

The Board of Supervisors approved the settlement on consent without discussion.

Lisa Hylla was driving on the northbound San Diego (405) Freeway about 2:20 a.m. on May 3, 2010 when she rear-ended a pickup truck, according to a report from the board’s County Counsel. Hylla was outside of her car, either standing or walking near the center divider, when a sheriff’s deputy in a patrol car struck the disabled vehicle. The car then collided with Hylla, who was killed.

Attorneys for Los Angeles County deny that the deputy was at fault in the collision, but decided to settle the case rather than take their chances at trial. The California Highway Patrol and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department determined the crash occurred because the deputy was speeding, according to the county’s corrective action report.

The settlement will come out of the Sheriff’s Department’s budget. 

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