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Police chase ends in deadly car accident

Few Florida residents can argue with the fact that police have a job to do. It is up to them to investigate suspicious activity not only to determine whether a crime is being committed, but also to protect the safety of the public they serve. However, some may wonder whether they go too far in this endeavor. For instance, a recent pursuit ended in a deadly car accident.

The police department involved reported that its deputies were at the county landfill looking into a suspicious vehicle. When the vehicle fled the scene, the deputies gave chase. Officials say that the pursuit was called off when speed reached unsafe levels and the suspect vehicle came upon an intersection. Unfortunately, those efforts were too little, too late.

The suspect vehicle failed to stop at the red light and entered the intersection. It then slammed into an SUV occupied by two unsuspecting women. The 29-year-old and 57-year-old women both lost their lives as a result of the injuries they suffered in the impact. The 26-year-old man driving the vehicle that deputies were following survived, but suffered severe injuries and remained on life support at last report.

No further details were available regarding whether criminal charges will be filed against the other driver if he survives his injuries and is released from the hospital. Regardless, the families of the two women who died in this car accident may exercise their right to file wrongful death claims against all of the parties who may bear some legal liability for the deaths of their loved ones. If the applicable evidence indicates that negligence led to their deaths, a Florida civil court may award damages to surviving family members.

Source: U.S. News & World Report, "2 Dead in Crash During Police Pursuit in North Florida", July 29, 2017

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