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The state has agreed to pay a Lincoln man $225,000 for his injuries and damages after a Nebraska Game and Parks employee crashed into his car at 44th and Superior streets in 2016.

In a lawsuit filed in Lancaster County District Court, Josephus Pickett's lawyer said Pickett was left with a traumatic brain injury, blurred vision, and attention and memory deficits, broken ribs and other injuries after Lyle Huston ran into him Aug. 24, 2016, while working.

According to the Lincoln police report, Huston was in a state-owned pickup, driving south on 44th Street, when he tried to cross Superior and struck Pickett's Ford Taurus as he headed east on Superior at about 40 mph.

The crash totaled Pickett's car and damaged a car in the Li-Cor parking lot when Huston's pickup went over the curb and ended up on top of it.

Police ticketed Huston for failure to yield. He pleaded guilty and was fined $25.

District Court Judge Robert Otte approved the settlement, which is subject to review by the State Tort Claims Board and Nebraska Legislature.

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Lori Pilger is a public safety reporter.

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