A DeLand police officer was fired in May after Florida Highway Patrol investigators said he ran over and killed a 38-year-old man. On Wednesday, the family of the man run over by that police officer accepted a $550,000 settlement from the City of DeLand.
The family of Marlon Brown shared hugs and tears at the presentation, as they continued to come to terms with spending the rest of their lives without a husband and father.
"It's very emotional, very hard. I never thought in a million years that this would be my family. But it is, and we've stepped up to the plate," said wife Krystal Brown. "We're just here as part of the process and glad to be getting it done, so we can move forward to the criminal portion of the case."
Krystal was joined the couple's two sons, ages 12 and 23, and their 13-year-old daughter.
Troopers said Marlon Brown refused to stop when a Volusia County deputy tried to pull him over for a seat belt violation. That's when the DeLand police officer took up the chase. At some point, investigators said Brown was run over after he got out his car and started running.
"While this settlement cannot bring Marlon Brown back to life, or provide a father to his children, his legal representatives have agreed to the compensation set forth in the agreement," said DeLand Mayor Robert Apgar.
DeLand city commissioners said they approved the settlement in an effort to avoid putting the city and family members through an emotional and expensive litigation process. FHP has completed their investigation into Brown's death, and the case is now being investigated by the state attorney.
"We're hoping that the state attorney and their investigators will look at all the information that they have," said Brown. "We're hoping that they're going to come up with the right decision."
The State Attorney's Office will determine if any criminal charges will be filed in connection with Brown's death.