Margie Carranza and her mother, Emma Hernandez, received a $4.2 million settlement from the city of Los Angeles after the police fired about 100 bullets into their car during the Dorner manhunt.
Christopher Dorner targeted California policemen during his shooting spree, so police officers were understandably on edge – so much so, in fact, that they opened fire on innocent civilians. The two women were out delivering newspapers when the police decided to unload on the misidentified truck. Hernandez was shot in the back, but Carranza fortunately only received minor injuries.
The city of Los Angeles chose to accept responsibility rather than putting up extra cash for a costly (and probably futile) court battle. Carmen Trutanich, the lawyer for the city, stated that the two parties had reached a “fair and swift” settlement of $4.2 million.
Trutanich said, "In reaching the settlement we hope that Margie and Emma will be able to move on with their lives. The city will be spared literally millions of dollars in litigation fees.”
Hernanzed and Carranza will each move on to the tune of $2.1 million, but they’ll have to wait a while before they break out the celebratory champagne. As part of the settlement, the women agreed to wait until June 30, the end of the current fiscal year, to receive the settlement. The delay would give the financially strained city enough time to collect the hefty sum.
The city will take a major hit after writing the check, but the $4.2 million payout was something that everybody could agree on. Glen Jonas, the lawyer representing the women, stated that the Los Angeles Police Department and the police chief “were consulted at every step of the way. We weren't going to have an agreement unless the city leaders - all of them - thought that it was a fair agreement for everyone involved."