A River Forest police officer who was injured in a car crash on the job is getting a $3 million settlement from the woman accused of hitting him.

Officer Michael Victor, 38, was responding to a call about an armed robbery in December 2008 when a woman allegedly ran a stop sign at Park and Division, hitting him.

Victor had been driving eastbound on Division toward a call of armed robbery at the 7-Eleven on Division and Harlem, with his squad car’s lights on and siren blaring, when driver Kay J. Fitzgerald, 60, of River Forest, allegedly hit him as she was going northbound on Park.

His squad car careened into a tree on the corner, fracturing his left knee and ankle. Victor said he couldn’t go back to work as a police officer as a result.

He sued Fitzgerald for damages in a civil case, and Victor’s lawyer settled the case last week for $3 million.

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