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City vehicle totaled my Porsche, car owner says in legal claim

February 7, 2011 |  7:24 am

The owner of a Porsche claims a Huntington Beach public works employee driving a city truck totaled his Porsche after running a red light, according to a legal claim filed against the city.

The employee, who was driving a city-owned 2005 Chevrolet truck, was found at fault by the Police Department, according to the police report. Robert Walker, 51, sustained injuries to his nose that closed his sinus cavities, causing pain, headache and swelling to his face, said Walker's attorney, Suzanne Leslie.

The claim is asking the city to pay more than $31,000 for Walker's 2003 Porsche, pending the sale of the salvaged 911 Carrera Cabriolet, according to the claim, filed Jan. 28 by Mercury Insurance Group on Walker's behalf.

The employee said in the police report that he was sure the light was green when he proceeded on Gothard and that he did not see Walker approach. But a witness said the light was red when the employee entered the intersection, according to the report. 

Read more: Resident files claim for totaled 911 Carrera Cabriolet.

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-- Mona Shadia, Huntington Beach Independent / Times Community News

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