Updating a blog post we brought you previously, the mother of a Camden boy who was struck and killed by a police car last year has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.
According to NJ.com, Michelle Harding filed the lawsuit in June through a federal court. She claims that her 10-year-old son was killed in December when he was struck by an officer’s car in Franklin Township. The boy was allegedly attempting to cross the street when the accident occurred.
An investigation by authorities determined that the officer’s car was traveling at 74 mph in a 50 mph zone, without lights or sirens on when the accident occurred. The officer was responding to a call when the accident occurred. Local prosecutors declined to press charges against him following the crash.
Harding is suing Franklin Township, Gloucester County, the state Department of Transportation and the police officer himself. She is seeking more than $1 million in damages. Keep in mind, last year we reported that thousands of police cars are involved in car accidents in the United States annually.
As this case shows, if your loved one is a victim of a police car accident, you may be able to hold the department, the city and state, and potentially the officer, liable. We have a tremendous amount of respect for our law enforcement community. However, officers have a duty to make sure they are using good judgment when they are responding to calls—this is especially true if a vehicle’s lights and sirens are not activated.
Our Atlantic City Attorney Can Assist You Following a Vehicle Accident
If you have been victimized because a driver made a poor decision, speak to our Atlantic City car crash attorneys. We can investigate your accident and help determine whom you can hold liable.
All parties involved for injury accidents should be held responsible. Keep following our blog for continued Atlantic City injury accident news. Stay safe and wonderful weekend!
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