Suspect Fleeing Police Causes Tragic Crash in Florida
DAYTONA, FL - People.com writes that a woman died when a suspect fleeing from law enforcement struck her car in Florida this week. The driver appears to have fatally shot a man outside of a medical marijuana dispensary following an argument. After killing the man, the suspect got int a 2019 Kia that has Georgia license plates.*
The shooting and the suspect getting into the vehicle were both caught on video. Police located the Kia, but the driver fled. Officers discovered that the car might have been headed to Orlando, leading to local police in that city and the US Marshalls being on the lookout for the Kia. The vehicle was spotted the next day, but the driver again fled from the police and began driving in a reckless fashion. The chase eventually ended in a tragic crash.
The victim was a 70-year-old woman who was an innocent bystander. The suspect had another person in the car at the time of the wreck, and he and the other individual were both hospitalized after the incident. A gun was also located in the car when police began their investigation.
Police in Daytona commented on the events stating that the suspects display no regard for human life. Reports indicate that the original shooting was carried out because of drugs. The murder and the fatal crash are both still being investigated, and charges are pending against the suspect.
Police chases carry risks, and many departments have policies in place to determine when officers are permitted to initiate a pursuit. The policies are effective in greatly lowering the number of these crashes that occur every year. When departments institute limitations on pursuits, they are acknowledging the fact that in many cases, the chases are more of a threat to public safety than the people being chased.
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