October 20, 2014
The family of a sunbather run over and killed by an Oxnard police beach patrol vehicle has settled a wrongful death lawsuit against the city for $2.75 million.
Cindy Conolly was run over and killed by a police Chevrolet Tahoe on June 12, 2006, while soaking up the sun on Mandalay Beach. She had attended her son's oceanside wedding the previous day at Embassy Suites Mandalay resort.
The officers were unaware they ran over the woman and they resumed regular street patrol until a witness called 911 and they were called back to the scene about 20 minutes later.
The 49-year-old Iowa woman's family filed a $10 million suit against the city alleging negligence for not having a beach-driving policy and failing to train officers how to drive on beaches. The settlement was reached Tuesday.
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