Pedestrian to receive $345K for injuries from high speed SB police chase

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The city of South Bend will pay nearly $350,000 to a pedestrian who was injured in a high speed police chase.

In February of last year, Lucky Weah was an innocent bystander who was struck by the vehicle police were chasing through residential neighborhoods on the city's south side.

The chase reached speeds of up to 80 miles an hour.

Weah filed a lawsuit claiming that officers showed a blatant disregard for public safety in continuing to chase a suspect for an apparent seat belt violation.

“I have a rod in my leg,” said Lucky. “To, you know, support my bone.”

To add insult to injury, when the cops arrived they handcuffed Lucky, somehow thinking he was in the car officers were chasing.

“And they step on my shirt. I said keep your foot off my shirt, I can't breathe. And he said if you can't breathe why are you talking? Shut up.”

Since the accident, Lucky celebrated the birth of his son, Prosper, but he hasn’t been able to prosper himself. Lucky hasn’t been able to return to his job and he could soon be looking at a third surgery.

Now, he'll receive a lump sum $225,000 payment, followed by $120,000 in installments over the next 20 years.