$8.8M settlement reached in case against deputy accused of killing two with his patrol car

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Attorneys have reached a settlement Friday on behalf of the family of Daniel Hiler, an Oildale man who died when he was struck by Kern County sheriff's deputy John Swearengin.

The wrongful death case settled for Hiler was $4.8 million. The family of Chrystal Jolley received $4 million.

On Dec. 16, 2011, Kern County sheriff's deputy John Swearengin stuck and killed Daniel Hiler and Chrystal Jolley as they were crossing the street at the intersection of Norris Road and Diane Drive, officials said.

It was determined by reports that Swearengin was responding to a call of grand theft auto at the time of the crash and was driving his patrol car without lights and sirens at nearly 85 mph in a 45 mph zone.

Both Hiler and Jolley were pronounced dead at the scene.

The settlement was reached on behalf of Whitney Hiler and her two young children.


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