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Lawsuit over leaking of 'Porsche Girl' crash photos settled for $2.37 million

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Nicole "Nikki" Catsouras, who was 18 at the time of her fatal crash.

A Southern California family that couldn't even visit the mangled body of a daughter killed in a car wreck has received $2.37 million in a lawsuit settlement over gruesome online photos of what became known as the "Porsche Girl," the Los Angeles Times has reported.

The suit was filed against the California Highway Patrol, whose investigators took the pictures, the Times reported. Two Highway Patrol dispatchers leaked the photos,  the newspaper said.


The incident stemmed from a Halloween 2006 crash involving Nicole "Nikki" Catsouras, 18, who officials said took her father's Porsche, drove it over 100 mph on an Orange County toll road, clipped another car and swerved into a toll booth, the Times said.

The family was not allowed to view the disfigured body.

Comments accompanying the online reproductions of the crash scene mocked the girl, and her family received taunting messages, the Times said.

In announcing the settlement, the CHP said, "No amount of money can compensate for the pain the Catsouras family has suffered" but the settlement could bring "some closure," the Times reported.

Read the Times' story here. 

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