State will pay $2 million settlement in prison van lawsuit

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Updated: Wed, 12 Mar 2014 09:12:51 CST

In legislative news, she was killed in a head-on collision by a Nebraska inmate. Now lawmakers have decided to pay her family two million dollars for her death.
 
The claim won first round approval on Tuesday. Back in June Jeremy Dobbe was driving a state owned van at a high rate of speed when he swerved into oncoming traffic and killed the 47 year old Joyce Meeks.

Dobbe was serving 5 to 7 years for possession of methamphetamine. This will settle a lawsuit filed by family members of Meeks. They say the state was negligent for letting Dobbe behind the wheel.

The community inmate drivers transport inmates to and from work detail positions when city buses aren't available. The inmate driver program was ended after the incident.