New Ulm to pay $570,000 to family of police crash victims


The city of New Ulm has agreed to pay $570,000 to family members of two people killed when a police car crashed into their vehicle two years ago.

As the Mankato Free Press reports, in 2011 a New Ulm city police squad car — traveling at least 70 mph with no lights or siren on a 30 mph street — crashed into a vehicle with an elderly New Ulm woman and her son. The collision killed both Myra Meyer, 82, and Brian Wichmann, 60.

No criminal charges were filed against the officer, the paper reports, but he was named in the suit. Both the city and the officer's insurer will pay out to Meyer's three surviving children, Wichmann's siblings.

“The plain fact of the matter is they are not making this payment other than they admit [they ’re at fault],” the family's attorney says, according to the Star Tribune.

The paper adds that the city admits no wrongdoing.

According to KSTP-TV, Dana Wichmann, a son and brother of the victims, is not satisfied.

"I don't believe justice has been served," Wichmann, 59, said, according to the station. "I think it's some cowboy cop and they're trying to cover it up. ... It's nice to have money, but I'd rather have truth and justice."

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