The widow of a man who was killed when a police officer who was speeding in his patrol car slammed into his vehicle was awarded $2 million.The verdict culminated over three days of testimony regarding the accident that resulted in the victim’s death.The victim was stopped waiting to turn left into a supermarket when the police officer’s patrol car slammed into his vehicle,killing him. The officer was responding to a suspicious person call and was speeding between 78 and 80 mph with no emergency flashing lights or sirens.As an experienced trial attorney I have reviewed many cases of personal injury and have completed same with favorable results.
The death was a tragedy for all involved.The victim, an electrician,who was just meeting up with a friend to hang out that night, was only a few seconds away from being off the road when the crash occurred.That is all the time he needed, and this tragedy never would have happened.The police officer was reprimanded and suspended after the wreck. Three years after the wreck,the same officer was arrested on a drunken driving charge while off duty and the Police Department allowed him to resign in lieu of termination.The officer’s conduct in this case was not good, and the jury said so with its verdict. The jury never got to hear that the police officer’s blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit because the State Court Judge ruled that the evidence could not be admitted during the civil trial.The lawyer will appeal that ruling and also will appeal the judge’s pretrial ruling regarding the cap on verdicts. The county won’t have to pay the widow until the appeal is settled The widow said that she struggles with feelings of loss every day.I don’t believe there is such thing as closure,she said. You have to try hard to put it behind you and move on.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of an automobile accident please call my office today at 800 320-0080 or visit one of my conveniently located offices in either Rockville or Baltimore.