Updating a blog post we brought you in January, the mother of a 10-year-old boy who was killed in Franklin Township when he was struck by a police cruiser said she plans to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
According to CBS News, Michelle Harding said she would file a lawsuit against the Franklin Township Police Department for the December 2015 death of her son Matthew. The boy was killed when he was running on a street with two friends near his home and he was struck by Officer Nicholas Locilento’s vehicle.
An investigation revealed that Locilento was responding to a non-emergency call at the time of the incident, and that although his headlights were on, he did not have his emergency warning equipment activated. His vehicle was also traveling at a speed of 74 miles per hour at the time of the crash, while the posted speed limits in the area are 50 miles per hour.
Michelle told CBS News that she hopes her lawsuit will change police procedures. “If anything comes out of this I need him (Matthew) to be a beacon of change so this doesn’t happen to any other child,” she said, according to the news outlet.
Contacting an Attorney About a Vehicle Accident
As we reported in our previous blog post about this story, while it may not be in New Jersey, a recent investigation conducted on cruisers owned by the Massachusetts State Police revealed that they were involved in more than 1,800 accidents over a five-year period. This shows that police cruiser accidents are not uncommon.
Remember, in New Jersey, the law states that police can only exceed posted speed limits if they exercise due caution—they should not recklessly disregard the safety of other people on the road. If you have had a loved one injured or killed in a vehicle accident, an attorney may be able to help determine if another driver has victimized you.
In a wrongful death case, like the one mentioned above, the family of a victim can seek damages for funeral costs, lost income and pain and suffering.
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