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Suffolk settles suit with injured Plainview couple

Suffolk County has agreed to a $1.2-million settlement for a Nassau physician and his wife who were seriously injured in a 2005 accident involving a Suffolk County police car that spun out of control while responding to a robbery.

The county legislature's ways and means committee voted Wednesday to approve the settlement, which is expected to be bonded over several years.

The accident occurred on a February afternoon when the couple, Dr. Steven J. Milim and his wife, Susan, of Plainview, where sitting in traffic on New York Avenue in Huntington. When the county patrol car spun, it hit their car and pushed it over the curb and onto the sidewalk. The police car was en route to a nearby 7-Eleven store where the robbery was taking place.

"All the parties feel that justice has been served," said Kenneth Mollins, attorney for the Mulims.

"The county did the right thing, and my clients are pleased with the [settlement], though it cannot make up for the pain and suffering they sustained."

Mollins said the accident "totally disabled" Milim, 61, an obstetrician gynecologist, damaging his hands so he cannot deliver babies. He said Susan Milim suffered leg injuries.

The settlement brought an end to a 7-year-old suit that was before State Supreme Court Justice Daniel Martin.

The county attorney office declined to comment, and Suffolk Police did not respond to a call for comment.


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