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Jury awards $1.8 million to widow in 2001 crash
She said improper chase by police caused fatal accident

February 2, 2008

FORT LAUDERDALE – A jury on Friday awarded about $1.8 million to a widow who sued the city, claiming negligence in the death of her husband in a 2001 crash.

David Isham, 32, of Port St. Lucie, was killed on Nov. 15, 2001, in a crash at Northwest 13th Street and Third Avenue involving an auto theft suspect who was fleeing from police. Isham was driving a Ford F-350 through the intersection when police said Lauderhill resident Jimmie Jean Charles, 19 at the time, drove a stolen BMW through the intersection without stopping at a stop sign and struck the driver’s side of the pickup.

The Broward Circuit Court jury placed half the blame in the death on the city and the other on Charles, making each responsible for paying half of the reward, said attorney Clay Mitchell, who with attorney Keith Mitnik represented widow Angela Isham, of Port St. Lucie.

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