Injured River Forest cop nets $3M settlement

Officer was responding to armed robbery when woman ran stop sign

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By Ben Meyerson

Chicago Journal Editor

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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William D.  

Posted: January 10th, 2013 6:34 PM

I personally know the officer. I can tell that 4 years later, he still struggles with pain in his leg, and struggles mentally with the fact that he will never run again. With 3 young boys in the house, I am sure he would give up that small settlement to have his walking and job back. While the money may be helping him and his family, I can tell you that the money has not changed who he is.

Frank Kollins from Beloit  

Posted: July 8th, 2012 9:39 PM

Nothing about Kay's car or any injuries. Accidents are accidents. I hope she is at least not seriously hurt. I know this has been a while, but i hope eacvh of them are doing Ok at this time.

Tom from RF  

Posted: January 12th, 2011 12:39 PM

Village of RF needs to follow up and go after and collect any monies they paid out so far (leave compensation on this officer, medical bills etc.) As Dan says - it ONLY the Taxpayers money. Ben?

J Meade from Oak Park  

Posted: January 12th, 2011 9:13 AM

That's a very large settlement for the injury described. I can only guess what a serious disability (a brain injury, confined to a wheelchair, etc) would be worth - $30 million perhaps? Maybe more. How do these amounts get determined? There don't seem to be any standards or rules.

OP Resident  

Posted: January 12th, 2011 9:03 AM

@John The officer's lawyer will claim 1/3 of the settlement. $2 million seems to be a reasonable amount for a 38 year old man who suffered a devastating injury.

J.G. Morales  

Posted: January 12th, 2011 4:44 AM

@ John - 3M isn't a whole lot of money over this man's lifetime. 100k over 30 years is reasonable if you can get it. If she ran the light, her behavior was reckless. There are a lot of self-important people in the world who drive as though their cars don't have the potential to harm or kill anyone. I bet she won't do that again.

John McCarthy from Chicago, Illinois  

Posted: January 12th, 2011 12:45 AM

As if we didn't have enough valid reasons to believe that every cop, fireman, and municipal employees is on the make. "Serve & protect" may be the official motto, but the taxpayers know the real one: "I'm gonna git you, sucka! Sandy beach, here I come!"

Dan Hurt from Forest Park  

Posted: January 11th, 2011 12:20 PM

I hope the Village of River Forest has the brains (and the responsibility)to subrogate against (go after)the claim to re-coup any payments they may made for worker's comp and medical bills- and pay while he was/is off....probably not though it's only the taxpayer's money

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