Whittier Police Chase Ends In Death Of One Person By The Intersection Of Greenleaf Avenue and Whittier Boulevard
WHITTIER, CALIFORNIA (March 20, 2019) – A police chase ended with the death of an innocent driver not far from the intersection of Greenleaf Avenue and Whittier Boulevard.
Whittier police are saying that the incident began around 11:00 a.m. as officers were responding to a road rage in progress. The officer at the scene tried to pull over the driver which then led to a pursuit.
The suspect then attempted to crash into three police vehicles. Shortly thereafter the suspect crashed into a car that was uninvolved in the accident.
One of the vehicles involved burst into flames and a driver died due to his injuries. His identity has not been released at this time. The road rage suspect was later arrested.
Liability In Police Pursuits
There are rules that govern when officers are supposed to pursue suspects and when pursuits should be called off. It is important that the police use their lights and sirens during a pursuit. According to California Vehicle Code 21055 the police department will generally be immune from liability in accidents involving fleeing suspects provided that, “the driver of the vehicle sounds a siren as may be reasonably necessary and the vehicle displays a lighted red lamp visible from the front as a warning to other drivers and pedestrians.”
If lights and sirens were not used the family of a victim that died may have the ability to file a wrongful death claim against the police department involved in the accident. The negligent driver can also be held liable through a civil action. A wrongful death attorney can evaluate your case free of charge and get to the bottom of what happened.
Investigating A Car Accident
If you or someone that you love has been involved in an accident following a police pursuit you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help with whatever you need. We care deeply about making sure that our clients are well taken care of and that police departments are following pursuit procedures correctly. Whether you need a free investigation into your case or just have questions about your rights we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.