State to Pay $350,000 to Family of Woman Who Escaped Patrol Car

CLEVELAND (AP) - The state has agreed to pay $350,000 to the estate of a woman killed after she was pulled over for suspected drunken driving.

Fifty-three-year-old Francina Pugh escaped after State Highway Patrol Trooper Jason L- Turner forgot to engage the safety lock on his car.

Pugh was hit by several cars not far from where she was stopped for erratic driving.

Pugh's family sued and as the case was set for trial yesterday in the Ohio Court of Claims. The state settled and acknowledged that the trooper violated several procedures.

But the Highway Patrol rejects being responsible for Pugh's death.

The agency now requires that the safety lock cannot be disengaged on patrol cars.