The driver of a vehicle carrying three children was killed when her vehicle was broadsided by a getaway car in the course of a police chase. The three children in the vehicle were critically injured in the fatal car accident.
The chase began after police arrived at a mall in Humble, Texas, where they had received reports that a robbery was underway. Three suspects exited the mall carrying over $2,600 in stolen merchandise. When police pulled up behind the suspects’ vehicle, the getaway driver fled southbound on Highway 59, towards Houston. The suspects exited Highway 59 at the Quitman Street exit. After exiting, the driver ran a red light and collided with a vehicle traveling eastbound. The force of the collision flipped the eastbound vehicle onto its hood.
The driver of the eastbound vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene, and the three children also in the vehicle were transported to an area hospital in critical condition. The driver of the getaway car attempted to flee the scene on foot but was promptly apprehended by police. All three suspects were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. The driver of the getaway vehicle has been charged with murder, evading arrest, and accident involving an injury and death.
Texas law permits an award of civil damages to the families of those killed in deadly car accidents when responsibility for the accident lies, at least in part, with someone other than the persons killed. Similarly, damages may also be awarded to those who suffer injuries from car accidents, again when the accident resulted from the actions of another. Damages may be higher in cases involving more than mere negligent conduct, such as when a driver causing an accident was driving recklessly.
Source: wfaa.com, “Getaway driver charged in crash that killed woman, injured kids,” May 24, 2013