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

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The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a $750,000 settlement today for the family of a woman killed in a crash involving a Sheriff's Department's deputy.

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.


Maven's Morning Coffee: medical marijuana dispute, busy month at Port of LA

Controversial FDA Report Says No Medical Benefit From Marijuana

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The Los Angeles City Council is in a dispute over whether to ban medical marijuana clinics in the city.

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Today is Thursday, May 17, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


The Los Angeles City Council is divided over how to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries, with Councilman Jose Huizar calling for a complete ban and Councilman Paul Koretz asking that some shops remain operational, reports the Daily News. Koretz called Huizar's proposal, "a vicious, heartless ban," according to the newspaper.

Seven deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department were placed on leave on suspicion they belong to a group that celebrates shootings, reports the Los Angeles Times. Internal affairs is looking into whether the deputies violated the Sheriff's Department's rules.