Alex Hill Redwood City K-9 Patrol Car Accident: Alex Camron Hill Died In Redwood City Police Car Accident On El Camino Real South of James Avenue
REDWOOD CITY, CALIFORNIA (September 18, 2019) – A K-9 officer lost control of their vehicle and hit a male pedestrian identified as Alex Camron Hill near the intersection of El Camino Real South of James Avenue.
Redwood City police are saying that the accident took place after the officer received reports of a possible home invasion on Popular Avenue. The K-9 police officer traveled across the center median and hit Alex Camron Hill.
The police officer’s vehicle continued traveling into opposing lanes of traffic before colliding with two other vehicles. Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help all of the victims.
The status of the occupants of the vehicle that were hit remain unknown. The pedestrian who was hit was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Despite life-saving efforts Alex Camron Hill died at the hospital weeks after the accident.
An investigation into the accident that killed Alex Camron Hill remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Police Vehicle Accidents
Police officers have a legal responsibility to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner and take steps to avoid causing accidents. Liability for any accident involving a police vehicle will typically hinge on whether or not the police officer was responding to an emergency with their lights and sirens on. According to California Vehicle Code 21055, “The driver of an authorized emergency vehicle is exempt” from [accident liability]:
“(a) If the vehicle is being driven in response to an emergency call or while engaged in rescue operations or is being used in the immediate pursuit of an actual or suspected violator of the law or is responding to, but not returning from, a fire alarm, except that fire department vehicles are exempt whether directly responding to an emergency call or operated from one place to another as rendered desirable or necessary by reason of an emergency call and operated to the scene of the emergency or operated from one fire station to another or to some other location by reason of the emergency call.”
However, this does not allow police officers to behave with a wanton disregard for the safety of others while they are driving. According to California Vehicle Code 21056, “Section 21055 does not relieve the driver of a vehicle from the duty to drive with due regard for the safety of all persons using the highway, nor protect him from the consequences of an arbitrary exercise of the privileges granted in that section.” Cases involving emergency vehicles can be extremely complex and are best examined by an experienced car accident attorney.
The victim of any accident involving a police officer may be able to hold the city that employed the police officer accountable through a municipal negligence claim. Damages in a civil claim may include compensation for lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Unfortunately, police departments will often fight hard to try to deny responsibility for an accident. An attorney can investigate your case free of cost and take steps to make sure that key pieces of evidence are being preserved.
Investigating A Redwood City Police Vehicle Accident
We at West Coast trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Alex Camron Hill. There needs to be a thorough investigation into the conduct of this police officer leading up to the crash. It is our sincere hope that the Redwood City police department will implement measures to help prevent accidents like this in the future.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured due to the negligence of a police officer? You may have recourse under the law. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their legal rights so that they can make informed decisions. Whether you just have questions about the law or need a free investigation into an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.