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72-Hour Suspension For Trooper Who Ran Red Light, Killing Woman

Timothy Fagin ran a red light while chasing a driver who wasn't wearing a seatbelt.

A Michigan trooper will serve a 72 work-hour suspension over a crash that killed a 64-year-old woman and severely injured two others, a local newspaper revealed Thursday.

Michigan State Police Trooper Timothy Fagin was chasing a car driven by Curtis Lee in July 2014 after trying to stop Lee for not wearing a seatbelt, according to The Flint Journal. Fagin sped through a blinking red light next to two stop signs and crashed into a third vehicle, killing Jacqueline Nichols.

The incident also left the state with a $7.7 million lawsuit.

Through a Freedom of Information Act request, The Flint Journal obtained documents revealing that Fagin would miss 72 hours of work -- provided he can stay out of trouble for nearly two years -- despite a state police recommendation that he be suspended for 30 days.

In a settlement reached in July, which can be viewed here, Fagin agreed to miss six 12-hour shifts. He'll also serve another 10-day suspension if any more allegations of misconduct are brought against him before April 27, 2017.

Fagin was also transferred to the Lapeer MSP Post, and can't transfer back to Flint until 2017, according to WNEM.

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