State of New Hampshire to Pay $750,000 to Family of Canterbury Woman Killed by Trooper

For years disagreements persisted over the events immediately preceding Lawrence’s death. Lavoie maintained Lawrence had rammed his cruiser and was preparing to do so again, only this time with him out of the vehicle and in her path of travel. Conversely, Rand argued Lawrence never struck Lavoie’s cruiser, and that he in fact hit her. Further, he accused Lavoie of acting carelessly by stepping in front of Lawrence’s car.

Lavoie tried unsuccessfully to get U.S. District Court Judge Paul Barbadoro to dispose of the lawsuit without a trial, arguing his employment as a trooper gave him immunity under state law.

After Barbadoro denied Laboie’s motion for summary judgment, the parties to the suit met Nov. 1 in an attempt to find a middle ground and negotiate a settlement with the assistance of a mediator.

On Monday, Senior Assistant Attorney General Karen Schlitzer notified the federal court the civil case had reached a settlement. Schlitzer could not be reached for comment Friday.

Lehmann told the Monitor that Rand and his family are glad to have the case behind them, and thankful to the collision consultants who assisted them.

“No amount of money can compensate Wendy’s family for the loss they suffered,” Lehmann said, “but I am glad that we were able to help them get some small measure of justice.”


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