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St. Joseph County Settles Lawsuit for Alleged Negligence

(South Bend, IN) - Officials in St. Joseph County have settled a lawsuit alleging negligence against two county police officers.


Last February, a driver alleged to be under the influence of alcohol, Stephen Stopczynski, left the scene of an accident only to cause another crash hours later on Crumstown Highway.


A woman and her four children were injured in the second crash, in which Stopczynski died. The family alleged that if officers had taken the drunk driver into custody, their accident wouldn’t have happened.


The county has agreed to pay the family $10,000 and did not admit liability.

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