New Ulm settles fatal crash case for $570,000

Published 10:29 am Monday, July 15, 2013

NEW ULM — The city of New Ulm has agreed to pay $570,000 to family members of two people killed when a police car crashed into their vehicle two years ago.

The city’s insurer has paid the money to family members of 82-year-old Myra Meyer and her 60-year-old son, Brian Wichmann. The two were killed July 8, 2011, when officer Mathew Rasmussen crashed into their vehicle while chasing a speeding suspect.

Rasmussen was not charged, but Meyer’s three other children sued him and the city, claiming he was negligent because he was traveling at least 70 mph in a 30 mph zone and did not have his emergency lights or siren activated.

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The settlement was finalized in May but details were not disclosed. It includes no admission of wrongdoing.

At the time of the settlement, an attorney for the southern Minnesota city and Rasmussen was mounting a defense that placed blame on Meyer. Meyer’s insurance company agreed to pay $100,000 as part of the mediated settlement — bringing the total settlement to $670,000.