BULLDOZER DEATH SUIT SETTLEMENT NEAR

The estate of a man who was run over by a bulldozer while being chased by Pennsylvania State Police for illegally growing a handful of pot plants is nearing a settlement of its federal wrongful death lawsuit against the state. Longenecker, a 51-year-old short-order cook, and Grateful Dead fan had fled into the thick brush after being caught growing 10 marijuana plants on public land near Reading. His body was found under the treads of a Pennsylvania Game Commission bulldozer that state police had commandeered in pursuit. The suit by Longenecker’s family contended that state police and the game commission took “crazy and lethal action” against an unarmed man who posed no threat, then destroyed or withheld evidence to cover it up. A federal judge overseeing the case has scheduled a settlement conference for next month.

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