County to pay $500,000 in settlement with a crash victim

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – Officials say Albany County will pay $500,000 to a man seriously injured when his pickup truck was broadsided by a deputy sheriff who ran a stop sign in upstate New York.

The Times Union of Albany reports county lawmakers voted unanimously Monday to approve the settlement with Steven Mistler.

Mistler and his wife sued the county and sheriff’s office last year, alleging negligence by Deputy Ryan Cross in the December 2013 crash in Westerlo. Sheriff Craig Apple says Cross was responding to a non-emergency call without his lights and sirens on when he hit Mistler.

The lawsuit didn’t detail Mistler’s injuries, but classified them as serious.

A county spokeswoman says the settlement is equitable.

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