Police officers are only human, which means they are prone to make mistakes just like the rest of us. Unfortunately, this can often cause injury or even death. This may have been what happened recently when a police officer was involved in a fatal car wreck in Tennessee.
The incident happened when the police officer drove through an intersection in mid-October. Whether the police officer’s lights were on when he drove through the intersection may become an important question. As of now, there is conflicting evidence with respect to that issue. The police car is supposed to have had a dash camera, although those usually do not begin recording until the police officer has activated his sirens and lights.
The accident investigation is focused on answering this issue in order to determine exactly what caused the fatal crash. Witnesses stated that the police vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed. The police department has been mostly silent on the issue, although it has confirmed that the police officer was not responding to an emergency call.
A 63-year-old man and a 49-year-old woman were killed in the Tennessee car wreck. Undoubtedly, the apparent lack of answers can be frustrating for the families of the decedents as they struggle to come to terms with the tragedy. If the gathered evidence ultimately suggests that the officer was negligent in a manner that caused the wreck and resulting fatalities, the families have the right to seek financial redress against the officer as well as his employer.
Source: wreg.com, “Tennessee Highway Patrol takes lead in fatal crash involving Bartlett Police“, April Thompson, Oct. 14, 2014