ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Supreme Court says a critically injured woman can't sue a sheriff's deputy whose squad car slammed into her vehicle during an emergency call in Brooklyn Park.
The court ruled 4-3 Wednesday that the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office is immune. That's because Deputy Jason Majeski didn't violate office procedure or act maliciously when he sped through a snowy intersection with lights flashing on Christmas Day 2009.
His squad car struck Jolene Vassallo's car. The Star Tribune (http://strib.mn/1eVtCGZ ) reports Vassallo was so gravely hurt she likely will be institutionalized for life.
If Vassallo had won, the maximum amount she could have received as a result of her lawsuit would have been $500,000 because of the state's tort liability cap.
Vassallo's attorney says her medical bills are well over that amount.
Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com