Wichita Falls city councilors voted unanimously to settle the
wrongful death lawsuit filed by families of two girls killed in a car
crash involving a Wichita Falls police officer.
Katie Crosbie was at the city council meeting and joins us now with more.
Darrell, 500- thousand dollars is the maximum amount of money Texas law allows cities this size to pay in one settlement.
And as we told you last week, the district attorney's office is
waiting on the final accident report from DPS before it can present the
case to the Grand Jury.
Wichita Falls city officials say they want to make sure people know the
city and the police department have been cooperating in the
investigation into June's traffic fatality involving a city police
This as councilors are getting ready for Tuesday's vote on a
possible half- a - million dollar settlement for the families of two
teenage girls -- and an unborn child -- killed in June's car crash
involving Officer Teddie Whitefield.
Mayor Glenn Barham says whenever the city or the P.D. is asked for information, they provide it as quickly as possible.
In August, Officer Whitefield was suspended from the police department indefinitely -- without pay.
Katie Crosbie spoke with Gloria Montoya's older sister, Veronica, today.
Veronica says this possible settlement doesn't bring the family much
peace ... because nothing can bring back her sister or her cousin,
It's the way the Montoya sisters are used to celebrating birthdays ...
Dad singing & playing guitar ... friends and family gathered
together ... someone shooting video on a cell phone. But this 14th
birthday party on January 5th had the heart-wrenching backdrop of a
cemetery ... Gloria Montoya's final resting place.