Fauquier County, family of couple killed in crash with deputy reach M settlement

The spouse and children of Brian and Mary Dangerfield and Fauquier County have agreed on a $5 million settlement following a collision in which a previous deputy with the Fauquier Sheriff’s Place of work crashed into a further auto along U.S. 17, resulting in the Dangerfields’ deaths.

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The relatives of Brian and Mary Dangerfield and Fauquier County have agreed on a $5 million settlement pursuing a collision in which a previous deputy with the Fauquier Sheriff’s Business office crashed into yet another vehicle alongside U.S. 17, ensuing in the Dangerfields’ deaths.

On Feb 25, at 10:20 a.m., a 2018 Toyota Camry traveling west on Route 1700 was proceeding to cross the northbound lanes of Route 17 right after halting at a cease indicator when it pulled into the path of a 2014 Dodge Charger currently being pushed by an on-obligation Fauquier deputy, Brock K. Smith, 25, of Amissville, according to a information release from Virginia Point out Law enforcement.

Mainly because Smith was touring at a large price of speed, he could not avoid hanging the Dangerfields’ Toyota, which turned above onto its side.

The driver of the Toyota, Brian Dangerfield, 65, of Bealeton, died at the scene of the crash as a end result of his accidents. His spouse, Mary D. Dangerfield, 65, was a passenger. She later on died from her injuries at Mary Washington Clinic.

The two Mr. and Mrs. Dangerfield were carrying their seatbelts.

Next the incident, the Dangerfield spouse and children sued the county for “personal injuries, wrongful loss of life and other damages resulting from this incident,” according to a letter by Jeffrey Breit, one of the attorneys for the relatives.

Breit observed in a launch that the accident was “avoidable.”

A settlement was arrived at this 7 days involving the county and Dangerfield family in which “the full extent of insurance readily available for these claims” – $5 million – was paid by the county, according to Tracy Gallehr, county lawyer for Fauquier County.

Kevin Biniazan, also part of the Dangerfields’ counsel, mentioned in a launch “the spouse and children is grateful that the statements were being settled promptly and devoid of drawn out litigation.

“But this income could never ever swap the loss of Mr. and Mrs. Dangerfield,” Biniazan said. “Not a day goes by when the grandchildren do not inquire about their grandparents.”

Smith was originally set on administrative leave by Fauquier Sheriff Jeremy Falls. He was ultimately fired.

The Fauquier County Sheriff’s Place of work stated “retraining on policies for correct operation of automobiles has occurred with all Sheriff’s Office personnel … and other procedures that relate to the safety of regulation enforcement personnel and typical community have and will be on-heading in the foreseeable future to assistance avoid tragedies like this from each individual currently being recurring.”

Falls did not straight away reply to a ask for for comment.

The Culpeper commonwealth’s legal professional appointed a particular prosecutor, Paul Walther, to assessment the issue, but results have not nevertheless been introduced.

Sergeant Brent Coffey, general public details officer for Virginia Point out Police, advised FauquierNow the state police has finished its investigation of the incident and submitted its results to the commonwealth’s legal professional “for critique and adjudication.”

Walther did not quickly react to a request for remark on the condition police’s findings.