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Attari suit settled

Submitted by on 1, May 5, 2009 – 5:50 amNo Comment

The city and the family Dr. Zehra Attari, who died after accidentally driving her car off the end of Grand Street and into the Oakland Estuary in November 2005, have reached an out-of-court settlement of the lawsuit the family filed in the wake of her death.

The city will pay the family $2.25 million but will not admit any liability for the woman’s death. The money will come from a state risk pool the city participates in.

There’s some paperwork left to complete, but for all intents and purposes, it’s a done deal, City Attorney Teresa Highsmith said.

An attorney for the Attari family did not return a call seeking comment.

Dr. Attari accidentally drove her car into the estuary as she headed down Grand Street on the night of November 7, 2005 in search of a meeting she was due to attend.

Her family sued the city, claiming the city failed to install adequate barriers or warning signs to alert drivers that the road ended at the water’s edge. They were originally seeking $11 million. The city denied they were at fault.

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