Early in October we posted a story on a tragic car accident involving a teen driver and a squad car. An 18 year old man was killed and his 17 year old passenger severely injured following the crash with an Evergreen Park squad car.
The car occupied by the two teens was broadsided by the police car shortly before midnight on October 5th near 95th Street and Central Park Avenue. When the accident happened the officer was attempting to initiate a traffic stop on a different car. The squad car was not marked. Investigators are still looking into crash cam data to piece together the cause of the collision.
According to the policy of the department, an individual officer has discretion of when to initiate a traffic stop. Squad cars often reach high speeds when attempting to make the stops. The officer charged with taking into account other conditions (like location on the road and the weather) to determine the appropriate speed in any given situation.
The mother of the killed teen has now filed suit against both the city of Evergreen Park and the police officer involved in the crash for her son’s wrongful death, according to the Reporter Online. The suit alleges that the officer’s negligent driving led to the crash. The family is seeking compensation for the death, incurred costs, and other losses stemming from the incident.
Our Chicago car accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti believe that it is imperative for anyone on the road, from teen drivers and seniors to police officers and truck drivers, to abide by the necessary standards of care to ensure the safety of all travelers. There is no excuse for an officer’s negligence while in a squad car. If he is found to have caused the crash, it is imperative that the surviving family fight to hold the officer and organization responsible. In that way policy’s may be changed and future accidents may be prevented.
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