When Kentucky’s law enforcement officers engage in a high-speed pursuit, the safety of those in the chase’s path is at risk. Because of the hazards associated with high-speed police chases, police departments must follow various protocols when deciding to engage in pursuit. There are various rules in place to help ensure these chases do not take place unless they are necessary.
Covington residents might remember hearing about a recent fatal car accident that stemmed from a high-speed police chase in the Louisa area.
The fatal crash took place Oct. 4 when the Kentucky State Police began chasing a vehicle that was reportedly driving recklessly. The pursuit began after police took in a report of the reckless driving on U.S. 23. State troopers report that they tried to pull the driver over, but he did not stop. The troopers then pursued the vehicle until the driver lost control on KY 644 and B Street in Louisa, crossing into the path of a motorcycle.
The 40-year-old motorcyclist did not survive.
The driver was arrested and charged with murder and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, among other crimes. He recently pleaded not guilty to the charges in Lawrence County Circuit Court.
In addition to the criminal charges, the driver may also be up against a wrongful death claim. Wrongful death claims are often filed by the loved ones of the victims of fatal accidents. These claims can hold negligent parties accountable for funeral expenses, lost source of income, pain and suffering, and more.
After any fatal accident, it can be important for the victim’s loved ones to seek legal counsel. This is very wise when an accident involves a police vehicle, as it may be helpful to learn whether the police hold any responsibility for the crash, and whether they should be held accountable.
Source: WSAZ 3, “Not Guilty Plea in Deadly Lawrence County, Ky. Accident,” Dec. 18, 2013