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Lawsuit filed by motorcyclist hit by San Francisco fire truck could cost city millions

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A lawsuit filed by a motorcyclist injured in an accident by a fire truck three years ago in San Francisco, could cost the city nearly $5 million if the supervisors approve the proposed settlement. (KGO-TV)

A lawsuit filed by a motorcyclist injured in an accident by a fire truck three years ago in San Francisco is now before the supervisors. The proposed settlement is in the millions of dollars.

A source with knowledge of the intricacies from this lawsuit told ABC7 News the San Francisco City Attorney's Office is simply playing the hand it was dealt. In other words, there was too many risks involved if the city decided to challenge this lawsuit in court.

If the supervisors approve the proposed lawsuit settlement, the city would pay almost $5 million to the accident victim Jack Frazier, 50.

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San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos says Frazier deserves restitution. "I'm totally ashamed of what happened three years ago. Hopefully systems are in place so we don't have that kind of deliberate mishandling," he said.

Surveillance video shows what happened in June 2013 at 5th and Howard streets. The fire truck driven by then firefighter Michael Quinn was rushing to a fire with lights and siren on.
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Frazier was on a motorcycle when the fire truck blew through a red light hitting Frazier, propelling him and his motorcycle across Howard Street into a fire hydrant. Frazier suffered massive injuries, making his recovery long and difficult.

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In the chaotic moments after the accident, Quinn reportedly entered the Chieftain Irish Pub.

Reliable sources said its security camera captured him guzzling down pitchers of water to bring down his alcohol level, which was later tested at levels above the legal driving limit.

A judge tossed out the results when it was revealed the breathalyzer testing device was improperly calibrated, but the District Attorney is still pursuing DUI charges.

In the aftermath, four members of the fire department were disciplined reportedly for improper conduct associated with this case. "We're hopeful that we could put this behind us," San Francisco City Attorney spokesman Matt Dorsey said. "We think this is a fair resolution that avoids the costs and risks of further litigation."

Supervisors will refer the proposed settlement to committee, which will make its recommendation to the full board.
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