- Associated Press - Monday, March 3, 2014

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) - The families of two pedestrians fatally struck by a California sheriff’s deputy have reached a multi-million dollar settlement.

Family members of Daniel Hiler and Crystal Jolley will receive $8.8 million to settle a wrongful death suit against the Kern County Sheriff’s office and Kern County.

Friday’s settlement came after Kern County Sheriff’s Deputy John Swearengin rejected a plea deal in the case that would have sent him to prison for two years in exchange for pleading no contest to two counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence.

Swearengin faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.

Swearengin was driving at more than 80 miles per hour without his siren or emergency lights on when he struck Hiler and Jolley while they were pushing a motorcycle in Bakersfield in 2011.

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