A Kansas woman in her late 70s was killed on Tuesday, August 18 by a driver fleeing a Kansas City, Kansas police car. Police report that an officer attempted to stop a stolen Cadillac at about 4 p.m. on Central Avenue. The driver fled. Reports indicate that the officer did not go after the fleeing suspect. Moments later, police were called to the scene of a crash involving that same stolen Cadillac and a Toyota Camry.
The driver of the Cadillac again fled, this time fleeing the scene of a serious accident. The driver of the Camry had been ejected from the car. She was rushed to the hospital but died a short time after. The 79 year old victim was a former librarian and loved deeply by her family as well as those who knew her.
The family of the victim reports that they have heard conflicting stories surrounding the crash. Apparently, Kansas City police officers have reported there was never a chase. Other officials, however, have stated there was a chase but it stops minutes before the accident.
The driver of the stolen vehicle went to the hospital seeking medical assistance several hours after the crash. There, he was apprehended and taken into custody. Prosecutors have announced that he has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.
While it is not a clear an actual police chase occurred in this instance, nationally police chases have lead to the deaths of many innocent individuals. A study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration revealed that in a nine year period, over 3,000 individuals were killed in police crashes. One third of the victims were not the suspect being pursued. This means that over 1,000 innocent drivers and passengers were killed during police pursuits.
The cause of these tragic deaths is due to the high speeds often involved in any sort of police chase and the erratic nature of the driving. Fleeing suspects will generally travel at very high rates of speed in order to avoid their capture. They often make quick turns or enter highway ramps in an erratic manner in an attempt to lose the pursing officers. Studies also show that most police chases occur at night and suspects will most often take to busy roads in an attempt to conceal themselves among other drivers.
If you have been involved in any sort of police chase or fleeing suspect crash, contact a licensed automobile accident attorney as soon as possible. The negligent suspect could be held accountable for his or her reckless actions that lead to your injuries. Additionally, if the police officers involved acted in a negligent manner to contribute to the accident, you may have an additional avenue of recovery.
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The Lenexa, Kansas Car Accident Lawyer at the law firm of Michael R. Lawless, P.A. are saddened to hear of the death of one of Kansas’ own due to the negligent driving of another. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a car accident, our experienced attorney and support staff can help. For over 27 years, we have zealously represented the victims of all manner of car, truck, motorcycle, pedestrian, workplace, and slip and fall accidents. Our attorney has the skill and knowledge to obtain the results you desire. To schedule a free consultation to discuss your potential accident case, contact Michael R. Lawless, PA by calling our office locally at (913) 681-5566, or you may call us toll-free at (800) 734-3771. You may also contact us online and we will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.