AUTO ACCIDENT CAUSED BY POLICE CHASE – MN LAWYER
KSTP news reported today that the husband of a woman killed in a Burnsville auto accident Monday night has identified her as Leticia Ocampo. The woman was driving her car on County Road 5 when she was hit by another vehicle. The vehicle that hit her was the suspect vehicle in a police chase that began shortly before 8:30 p.m. in Apple Valley. Relatives told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that Ocampo was a mother of five.
This tragic story of a police pursuit gone wrong will forever change the lives of this family. Unfortunately, our auto accident lawyers have seen many cases where a police or emergency vehicle pursuit has led to injury by innocent bystanders. Most of the time, the police and emergency vehicles have immunity and can’t be sued for their actions that injure a person during an emergency, but not always. When you call our office, a lawyer will go through the facts of the case with you to determine if you have an injury claim related to a police chase or emergency vehicle.
According to the report in this case, the Minnesota State Patrol says the preliminary investigation shows Apple Valley police tried to stop the suspect vehicle, a Chevrolet Astro van, because it matched an alert from a hit-and-run in Savage. The driver of the van fled immediately. The van hit Ocampo’s Toyota SUV on County Road 5 at 131st Street as the chase went through Burnsville. Ocampo died at the scene, the state patrol says. The van then hit a guide wire and damaged two power poles, bringing power lines down on top of the van, which started a fire. The male suspect, who police didn’t identify, was killed in the crash and fire.
Don Schmalzbauer said he doesn’t need to watch the high-speed police pursuit videos that can so readily be found on YouTube because he lived it. “When you normally drive, you’ve got a wide vision,” Schmalzbauer said. “When you get in a pursuit, you get a very, very narrow vision.” The retired Minnesota state trooper now teaches accident reconstruction. “Police pursuits are probably one of the most dangerous things they do,” he explained. There are discussions underway nationally about creating a police pursuit national standard.
In a car accident case like this, the police may be immune for their actions, but a top lawyer may be able to sue the driver or owner of the vehicle that was running, and there may also be an uninsured motorist claim you can make on your own insurance to get compensation for any injury.
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