Harry Charles Scott, 74, collided with a city garbage truck that backed into his lane from a driveway on April 21. After being pulled from his burning car, Scott received treatment at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare. According to the Tallahassee Democrat, he died a half hour after his arrival.
Investigators say the garbage truck driver was at fault in the collision. As a result of the crash and fatality, Scott’s estate planned on filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Tallahassee.
To get in front of the lawsuit and in the city’s best interest, the City Attorney’s office recommended the $185,000 settlement with the family. According to the Tallahassee Democrat, the city would be facing potential damages in excess of $200,000.
Scott, a former city employee, was a retired chief operator for General Dynamics. He was a husband and the father of six children, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren, reports the Tallahassee Democrat.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3,903 people died in crashes involving large trucks in 2014. In addition,