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Ruling upholds $30M jury award for death in pursuit crash

November 14, 2018

PHOENIX (AP) — An appeals court has again upheld a $30 million jury award for the 2007 death of a Scottsdale man killed when his car was struck by a car driven by a bank robbery suspect chased by police and state Department of Public Safety officers.

The Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld the award to Alexander Ahmad’s parents after reconsidering a 2016 ruling that also upheld the award but was later thrown out by the Arizona Supreme Court.

Both Court of Appeals rulings overturned a trial Court judge’s ruling that the $30 million jury award was excessive and reduced it to $10 million, which reduced the portion owed by the state to $1.5 million from $500,000.

The parents’ suit said the pursuit wasn’t necessary and that dispatchers didn’t disseminate essential information.

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