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City of LA approves settlement in car accident caused by Councilman Jose Huizar

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The L.A. City Council on Wednesday approved a $185,000 settlement with a former Huntington Park police officer who was rear-ended in 2012 by a city-owned vehicle being driven by Councilman Jose Huizar.

The settlement to David Ceja was unanimously approved without discussion. 

Huizar issued a statement that said: "While this was the type of unfortunate accident that could have happened to anybody, I take full responsibility for my part in this matter. I wasn’t personally involved in the final settlement agreement, which was mutually agreed upon by the City Attorney’s Office and the plaintiff’s attorney."  

On Oct. 26, 2012, Huizar was driving his city-issued car when he was involved in a crash at First Street and Boyle Avenue at 6:45 p.m. in Boyle Heights. At the time, a spokesman for the council member said Huizar was given a field sobriety test, which he passed. 

The crash settlement comes as Huizar is also facing a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by his former deputy, Francine Godoy. A trial date is set for Nov. 10. 

Huizar represents the downtown and Boyle Heights areas. 

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