The North Kitsap Fire & Rescue has agreed to settle a wrongful death lawsuit arising out of a 2014 accident between an engine and a motor scooter.
Jason Foster was killed on July 4, 2014 following a collision between his motor scooter and an engine. Foster’s family filed suit against NKFR and firefighter Scott Sommers, who was driving the engine. After the accident Sommers tested positive for low levels of THC in his system consistent with him having used cannabis several days prior.
In May, a King County jury awarded the Fosters $9.5 million in damages, prompting the department to appeal. According to the Kitsap Daily News, NKF&R Fire Chief Dan Smith told reporters that the settlement amount is less than the jury’s verdict, and is in “the best interest of everyone involved.” The exact amount of the settlement was not released.