Mexican family of man left by cops at Taco Bell settles suit

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The family of a drunken man dropped off at a Taco Bell by Ohio sheriff's deputies and later fatally struck by a vehicle has settled a lawsuit that alleged authorities endangered him while joking about his Mexican heritage.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the $300,000 settlement with Delaware County goes to the family of Uriel Juarez-Popoca, including his widow and two children who live near Mexico City.

The 22-year-old couldn't speak much English when deputies found him disoriented in July 2012. They took him to a Taco Bell, and one officer joked the restaurant might have an interpreter.

Authorities said the officers expected Juarez-Popoca to call a ride. But he was booted from the restaurant then struck while walking along a highway.

The officers later resigned; they didn't admit wrongdoing.

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