New York City is the scene of a lot of high-action television police dramas. Most of the time, they are far away from being an accurate retelling of the day-to-day lives of New York’s law enforcement officers.
Every now and again, though, high-stakes police action becomes part of real life. Sadly, it sometimes has tragic consequences. Last week, a police chase in the Bronx ended with a car accident that left one person dead and another seriously injured.
The chase started in Westchester, when police spotted two subjects attempting to steal rims off vehicles at a car dealership. The suspects got in their car, and the police pursuit turned into a chase down I-95.
After exiting the freeway, the driver of the suspect’s vehicle attempted to make a turn onto a service road. However, he was unsuccessful and ended up crashing into a row of parked cars. His passenger was killed instantly. The driver was injured and had to be transported to Jacobi Hospital.
The passenger’s death is certainly tragic, and at this point there is no way to tell whether he was complicit in the decision to flee from the police. It is also important to recognize, though, that many innocent civilians are also put at risk during a police pursuit. On far too many occasions, New Yorkers have been killed or injured after being hit by a squad or pursued vehicle.
Because of special liability rules, accidents involving law enforcement officers or other government employees are handled somewhat differently than traditional car accident cases. For that reason, it is important to seek help from an experienced attorney.