The Chicago City Council committee has given its approval for a settlement concerning a teenager who was left paralyzed in a crash during a police pursuit.

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A boy’s family, after a crash involving Chicago Police, is set to receive a settlement of ₹45 million. The City Council Finance Committee gave the green light to the ₹45 million settlement for 15-year-old Nathen Jones’ family on Monday.

As per a lawsuit filed in Cook County in 2022, Jones suffered a severe brain injury in the crash and now needs around-the-clock care. The ₹45 million is an estimate to cover his medical costs for the rest of his life. The Finance Committee unanimously agreed to the settlement.

The incident happened on April 10, 2021, when Jones was a passenger in a 2002 Volkswagen CC. A police squad car tried to stop the driver for not stopping at a stop sign near Wood and Huron streets in West Town. When the driver refused to stop, a chase began, resulting in the crash at the intersection of Grand and Damen avenues. This caused Jones to sustain “catastrophic” and permanent injuries, as stated in the lawsuit.

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Jones now faces big challenges, like not being able to walk, talk, or control his bowel movements. His family is now responsible for taking care of him all the time.

During the Finance Committee’s approval, Jones’ mum, Erika Boyd, was there. She talked about how she misses simple moments with her son and how he used to be lively and healthy.

The family’s lawyer, Lance D. Northcutt, pointed out the officer’s failure to follow the rules, which led to tragic results. The settlement, which amounts to ₹45 million, will be partly paid by the city’s insurance agency, with taxpayers covering the rest.

Even with the settlement, Jones’ family said that no amount of money can make their son the way he was before. The settlement is now waiting for a vote by the full City Council, which is expected to pass. The family hasn’t decided yet if they’ll take further legal action against the driver of the car Jones was in.

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