A San Francisco firefighter who says she was wrongly singled out for driving a fire truck over a teen thrown from the wreckage of a plane crash in 2013. She will receive $250,000 from the city to settle her lawsuit against them.
Elyse Duckett alleged she was being made a scapegoat. Back on July 6th of 2013, at around 11:30 in the morning, Asiana Flight 214 slammed into the seawall at the end of a runway on its final approach. Duckett was driving a vehicle which ran over the body of 16-year-old Ye Meng Yuan. She and several others were thrown from the wreckage. Ye was covered by fire-fighting foam. She and two other people died in the crash.
Nearly 200 passengers and crew were injured. Only Duckett’s name was released as responsible for running over the girl, but another rescue vehicle initially struck the body. Duckett was a 24-year veteran of the fire department, hired under a court-ordered consent decree to integrate the fire department.
She’s an African-American lesbian. She accused the department of singling her out in retaliation for being outspoken against discrimination in the department.
The board of supervisors is expected to approve the $250 thousand dollar settlement in the coming weeks. Duckett is no longer with the fire department.