2 injured in crash with Topeka patrol vehicle sue for $5M

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Two people injured in a crash with a Topeka officer’s patrol vehicle are suing for $5 million.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Jesus Meza and Mayra Meraz filed the suit last month against Topeka’s city government. They allege the crash happened in April 2016 after the on-duty officer drove through a red light at an excessive speed. Meza’s car rolled several times and was destroyed.

The claims says Meza underwent surgeries after being diagnosed with a scraped cornea and several fractures. It said Meraz suffered from headaches as well as back and hip pain. The paper obtained the claim this week through a records request.

Topeka city officials say the officer still works for the police department. But officials declined to comment further, saying the city doesn’t discuss pending litigation.

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