Nebraska officials agreed to pay $2-million to the family of a Lincoln woman who was struck and killed by a state prison van driving by an inmate.  The settlement will go to the husband and son of 47 year old Joyce Meeks, who was killed in the crash on June 25th in Lincoln.  Lawmakers gave initial approval to the payment on Tuesday as part of the state's annual claims bill.

The inmate driver, Jeremy Dobbe, was seen speeding and swerving erratically before he struck Meeks' vehicle.  Dobbe was driving to transport inmates as part of a state work release program.

The lawsuit by Meeks' husband, Leonard Meeks and son, Martell Buchanan, alleges that Dobbe was under the influence of alcohol, drugs or some other intoxicating substance.


The bill is LB949.