Florida Senate - 2015 (NP) SB 52 By Senator Negron 32-00040A-15 201552__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act for the relief of Criss Matute, Christian 3 Manuel Torres, Eddna Torres De Mayne, Lansky Torres, 4 and Nasdry Yamileth Torres Barahona, as beneficiaries 5 of the Estate of Manuel Antonio Matute, by the Palm 6 Beach County Sheriff’s Office; providing for an 7 appropriation to compensate them for the wrongful 8 death of their father, Manuel Antonio Matute, as a 9 result of the negligence of an employee of the Palm 10 Beach County Sheriff’s Office; providing that the 11 amount paid by the sheriff’s office and the 12 appropriation satisfy all present and future claims 13 related to the negligent act; providing a limitation 14 on the payment of fees and costs; providing an 15 effective date. 16 17 WHEREAS, on October 29, 2008, Manuel Antonio Matute, age 18 60, was hit head-on by a vehicle owned by the Palm Beach County 19 Sheriff’s Office and driven by a Palm Beach County deputy 20 sheriff, after the deputy sheriff lost control of the vehicle on 21 U.S. Highway 441 in Palm Beach County, and 22 WHEREAS, Mr. Matute was killed as a result of the accident, 23 and 24 WHEREAS, one of Mr. Matute’s surviving children, Eddna 25 Torres De Mayne, brought a wrongful-death action against the 26 Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office seeking damages for herself 27 and her siblings, Criss Matute, Christian Manuel Torres, Lansky 28 Torres, and Nasdry Yamileth Torres Barahona, for their anguish 29 and mental pain and suffering due to the tragic death of their 30 father, and 31 WHEREAS, on January 4, 2011, the Palm Beach County 32 Sheriff’s Office offered to settle the claim for the amount of 33 $500,000 and Ms. Torres De Mayne, as personal representative of 34 the Estate of Manuel Antonio Matute, accepted the Sheriff’s 35 offer on or about January 9, 2011, and 36 WHEREAS, in May 2011, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s 37 Office tendered to Ms. Torres De Mayne, as personal 38 representative of the Estate of Manuel Antonio Matute, a payment 39 of $128,149.02 in accordance with the remaining statutory limits 40 of liability set forth in s. 768.28, Florida Statutes, and 41 WHEREAS, Ms. Torres De Mayne, as personal representative of 42 the Estate of Manuel Antonio Matute, seeks satisfaction of the 43 balance of the settlement agreement, which is $371,850.98, NOW, 44 THEREFORE, 45 46 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 47 48 Section 1. The facts stated in the preamble to this act are 49 found and declared to be true. 50 Section 2. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is 51 authorized and directed to appropriate from funds of the county 52 not otherwise appropriated and to draw a warrant in the sum of 53 $371,850.98 to Eddna Torres De Mayne, as personal representative 54 of the Estate of Manuel Antonio Matute, as compensation for the 55 wrongful death of Mr. Matute as a result of the negligence of an 56 employee of the sheriff’s office. 57 Section 3. The amount paid by the Palm Beach County 58 Sheriff’s Office pursuant to s. 768.28, Florida Statutes, and 59 the amount awarded under this act are intended to provide the 60 sole compensation for all present and future claims arising out 61 of the factual situation described in this act which resulted in 62 the death of Mr. Matute. The total amount paid for attorney 63 fees, lobbying fees, costs, and other similar expenses relating 64 to this claim may not exceed 25 percent of the amount awarded 65 under this act. 66 Section 4. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.