City nears settlement with man whose wife died in crash with fleeing suspect

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SPRNGFIELD, Mo. (News-Leader) — A family could finally see an end to a lawsuit over the death of a Springfield woman in a 2018 crash.

Dustin Sowards filed a lawsuit after his wife Dana was killed in a crash caused by a man fleeing Springfield police.

The News-Leader reports a spokeswoman for the city’s insurance carrier says a tentative agreement has been reached to settle the lawsuit..

Sowards’ attorney says the settlement is for just under $430,000.

Dana’s car was hit by Tommy Morris Junior at the intersection of Scenic and Mount Vernon.

Officers were trying to arrest Morris for his part in a drug investigation.

Sowards attorney also says he believes the crash could have been avoided if police had not chased Morris at high speeds though the neighborhood.

To read the original story by the Springfield News-Leader, click here.

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