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Agreement reached in Klewitz wrongful death lawsuit

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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A Lee County family has reached a half million dollar settlement with Albany and Dougherty County over the death of their son who was killed because of a high speed police chase.

Twenty-one year old Billy Klewitz died in a head-on crash with drug suspect Bobby Jones on Old Leesburg Road June 27th, 2007. Jones was running from Albany Dougherty Drug Unit agent Gary Price. As part of the agreement, the family will address the City Commission and the Drug Unit Board who they hold responsible for the death of their son.

Dashboard video shows the dangerous chase of Bobby Jones by Drug Agent Gary Price.

It also shows the horrific collision that took the life of 21 year old Billy Klewitz . The Klewitz family knew all along no amount of money could bring back their son, but they wanted to hold both the city and county accountable and now they have.

The city agreed to pay the family $270,000 and the county will pay $250,000 for a total of $520,000. That is the maximum amount allowed by law. The amount accounts for all attorney fees and all medical and funeral expenses the Klewitz family incurred as a result of Billy's death.

In the agreement the family agreed to give up their right to sue for alleged excessive force under the fourth amendment of the United States Constitution. What's unusual about this agreement is that the Klewitz family asked and got the right to address the city commission at a meeting as well as the Albany Dougherty Drug Unit Board, to talk about the death of their son.

The Klewitz family has said they don't want to comment on the agreement until they address the city commission. A date for when the family will address the commission hasn't been set. Bill Klewitz did tell us he's already working on what he plans to say.

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