Officer Lori Lin Goulet backed her police cruiser into Roza Sakhina on Aug. 16, 2013, in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Sakhina, who was 101 years old, died five days later.
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The St. Paul Police Department claimed that Officer Goulet was driving at a "very slow speed" at the time, noted CBS Minnesota (video below).
Sakhina's family sued the City of St. Paul for wrongful death in January, but the city is claiming it was the elderly woman who was at fault, not Officer Goulet.
The city attorney's office said in response to the lawsuit,"...Plaintiff's alleged injuries or damages were caused solely by reason of Roza Sakhina's own wrongdoing and/or misconduct, and not by reason of any alleged unlawful acts or omissions of these answering Defendants," noted the Star Tribune.
According to a witness, Sakhina was not walking in a crosswalk at the time of the accident. However, pedestrians are supposed to have the right of way.
Officer Goulet was reportedly involved in four other squad car accidents in 1994, 1997, 1998 and 2007. The police department's Accident Review Board ruled that the 1997 and 2007 accidents were due to inattention, reported The Star Tribune.