Yakima likely to settle lawsuit from police chase

YAKIMA — A man seriously injured in a deadly police pursuit in Yakima 2006 is expected to receive $350,000 to settle the last of three related lawsuits.

The Yakima City Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday on approving the settlement, which is split between the city’s insurance provider and the state Department of Corrections.

Juan Hernandez Ortega was the only one of three occupants to survive from the car that was struck by the fleeing suspect’s stolen vehicle. The October 2006 crash killed Guillermo “Bobby” Aguilar and Edgar Trevino-Mendoza, both 19. Aguilar was Hernandez’s cousin and close friend.

The crash led the Legislature to enact stiffer penalties for drivers who flee police.

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