ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Documents reveal what the city paid in settlements like $40,000 for a soccer injury and hundreds of thousands for a crash caused by a bus driver’s bad parking job. The City of Albuquerque made payouts in the first six months of the year, covering the spectrum from bizarre to tragic.
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The city settled more than 20 cases. One involved a couple that got caught in the middle of a police search and a man being wrongfully tased. The settlement for that was $75,000, according to city documents.
The settlements cover everything from sidewalk falls to a $40,000 payout for a soccer injury at a community center to $275,000 for a deadly motorcycle crash at Louisiana and Comanche where an eight-foot residential wall blocked the view around a corner. The argument, the illegally high wall had been there for decades and the city should’ve noticed it.
The most high-profile of the cases, the death of 12-year-old Eliza Almuina who was hit and killed crossing a street next to Cleveland Middle School. The city quickly improved the crosswalk where it happened. The amount paid was $650,000.
The total amount paid out over the first six months was a little more than $2.5 million. The most common payouts are from crashes involving city buses and police cars.