News

Minn. Supreme Court rules woman can't sue deputy

Minn. Supreme Court rules woman can't sue deputy Click to Enlarge Photo: Jason Henthorn, Photos.com

Feb 13, 2014 at 7:36 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Supreme Court says a critically injured woman can't sue a sheriff's deputy whose squad car slammed into her vehicle during an emergency call in Brooklyn Park.

The court ruled 4-3 Wednesday that the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office is immune. That's because Deputy Jason Majeski didn't violate office procedure or act maliciously when he sped through a snowy intersection with lights flashing on Christmas Day 2009.

His squad car struck Jolene Vassallo's car. The Star Tribune (http://strib.mn/1eVtCGZ ) reports Vassallo was so gravely hurt she likely will be institutionalized for life.

If Vassallo had won, the maximum amount she could have received as a result of her lawsuit would have been $500,000 because of the state's tort liability cap.

Vassallo's attorney says her medical bills are well over that amount.

Mike Tanner

Posted By Mike Tanner

News Director

Mike Tanner's Profile

Leave a Comment

Current Weather

For Central Minnesota

Temp: 61°F (16°C)

Dewpoint: 40

Wind: 10 NW

Weather: Clear

Full Forecast | Live Radar

Community Calendar