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Updated: 6:39 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, 2014 | Posted: 12:38 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Brothers to get $235K in crash state patrol caused


Heavy damage to OSP cruiser photo
John Currier / Staff

This OSP cruiser driven by Trooper Coates was heavily damaged. He was treated and released. The two men in the other car suffered serious injuries.

Trooper Paul Coates photo
Trooper Paul Coates
April 2013 crash on U.S. 35 at Shakertown Road photo
John Currier / Staff
April 2013 crash on U.S. 35 at Shakertown Road

By Sandy Collins

Breaking News Staff


Two Dayton-area brothers seriously hurt in a collision last year involving a speeding Ohio State Patrol cruiser without lights or siren have settled their case with the patrol for $235,000.

The settlement was approved on Tuesday by the Court of Claims of Ohio, which handles all civil actions filed against the state and its agencies.

According to the May 29, 2014, complaint, driver Daniel J. Hardin and his brother, John, were in a car on U.S. 35 attempting to turn onto Shakertown Road in Beavercreek at 1:15 a.m. last April 2. Trooper Paul B. Coates, a one-year veteran, struck their car. The investigation determined Coates was driving at nearly 100 mph and without its overhead lights or sirens. He had been pursuing another vehicle on U.S. 35.

John, the passenger, suffered a laceration of the spleen, fractured mandible, as well as neck and back injuries. Daniel incurred a cervical spine fracture, skull fracture and lacerations to the scalp.

Coates works out of the Xenia post. He was treated and released from Soin Medical Center.

The brothers incurred nearly $90,000 in medical bills and expect future medical bills, lost wages and diminished earning capacity.

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