Woman Sues After Bystander Husband Killed in Car Chase
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC- Postandcourier.com writes that a woman filed a lawsuit this week in relation to a crash that killed her husband in 2018. The lawsuit is alleging negligence on the part of the Hanahan Police Department, and North Charleston.*
The victim, a 35-year-old man, was crossing Robinson Street at its intersection with Remount Road when a driver being chased by officers sped through the stop sign and the intersection and struck the man. The father died at the scene of the crash. The suspect fled and still has not been identified.
The chase began when an officer pulled over a vehicle that had been moving erratically. Rather than stopping, the motorist sped away from the officers, and the police began the pursuit. The fleeing driver ran stop signs and violated the speed limit putting bystanders in the area in great danger. After striking the victim, the car continued on until it crashed into parked vehicles. Once the car was disabled, the suspect exited and fled the scene on foot.
The victim’s wife is alleging that the officers disregarded the safety of the public in their attempt to chase down the driver. Police chases are known to be risky for the suspect, police, and bystanders. Officers often have to make a judgment call when deciding whether or not to pursue a vehicle. Many departments have strict guidelines regarding when officers can pursue a suspect in a car chase.
Some critics point out that the chases are more dangerous than the suspects. About 30 percent of those killed in these crashes are bystanders, and at least one or two percent of chases result in fatalities.
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