Dash Cam Shows High Speed Chase on U.S. Highway 25
Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on Oct 09, 2015 in Auto Accidents
Thursday night, the Greenville County Sheriffs Office released dash cam footage of a high speed pursuit that occurred on Sept 17th. The chase ended in a crash that caused the death of a 30-year-old fire lieutenant.
The driver of the vehicle has been identified as John William Kennedy, who was allegedly driving a stolen Ford F-150.
In the video, the truck is seen traveling at very fast speeds, swerving and going the wrong way on a highway. Police maintain that they ended the pursuit shortly after Kennedy crossed over to the wrong side of Highway 25 and began driving into oncoming traffic. Following this, Kennedy collided head-on with the victim, who was on his motorcycle.The video then shows the truck stopped in the median with smoke billowing out.
Police released this video to confirm to the public that they did not continue the chase. Although police are given power to ignore normal traffic laws to pursue criminals, high speed pursuits can result in civil liability when injury or death occurs as a result.
A report by USA today revealed that thousands of people have died as a result of high speed chases since 1979. Often these people are innocent bystanders, and the people fleeing are non-violent offenders. Police only keep records of fatalities, so statistics on injuries are hard to obtain. Some estimate over 7,400 people per year are injured as a result of a chase.
Police maintain that pursuits are necessary to maintain law and order, however the number of deaths and injuries, especially innocent bystanders, make these chases controversial. Several states have passed laws severely limiting reckless pursuits. In other places, police departments have set their own internal guidelines on pursuits to avoid endangering innocent people.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car crash as a result of a high speed police chase, contact our experienced auto accident attorneys in South Carolina. We will work to the get the compensation you deserve.