JSO Sued by Family of Victim in Fatal Jacksonville Police Chase

She was a mother of two who was on her way to pickup her children at daycare on January 12, 2009, when a fleeing carjacking suspect was being chased by a Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO) deputy crashed head-on into the woman’s car, killing her. News4Jax.com reports the family says it plans to sue JSO for “negligently initiating” a chase at speeds that exceeded 100 mph in rush-hour traffic on busy Deerwood Park and Southside Boulevards in Jacksonville.

The suspect lost control of the van he was driving on Deerwood Park Boulevard and struck the vehicle being driven by the 24-year-old mother, who died at the scene of the Jacksonville car crash. The suspect has since been sentenced to 50 years in prison.

Police Chases
The question of when police should pursue a suspect is an ongoing and unresolved issue that unfortunately has resulted in the deaths of many innocent bystanders who were at the wrong place at the wrong time.

According to the citizen’s group Pursuit Safety, 40 percent of all police car chases end in a collision, while 20 percent result in serious injury and 1 percent end in a death. On average in the United States, police chases kill at least three innocent bystanders a week, and once every 11 weeks, a police officer is killed.

Many counties, such as Orange County, have adopted a policy that allows for a police pursuit only to apprehend a suspect involved in a violent crime. No doubt, the more citizens push back with personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits, police departments will have to reevaluate their pursuit policies.

If a loved one has died in a Jacksonville car accident, the Jacksonville car crash attorneys at Farah & Farah attorneys will carefully review your case to determine if negligence by another motorist was a factor in the accident and help you obtain the compensation your family deserves.