City of Yakima Considers Settlement for Woman's Death
YAKIMA, Wash. - The Yakima City Council is considering a $400,000 settlement with the family of a woman who died in a crash with a man who was fleeing police.
Council members say the city admits no wrongdoing in the death of 41-year-old Marina Barajas. She was one of two people killed three years ago when a man fleeing police in a stolen pickup truck slammed into their car at an intersection.
The driver pleaded guilty to murder and other charges and was sentenced to 51 years in prison.
The family of the other person killed in the crash, 29-year-old Pasqual Ayala, also filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city, which could possibly go to trial.