The crash threw the officer down the street from the intersection, and he was declared dead at the hospital shortly after the wreck. The 37-year-old had been with the city’s DUI Traffic Unit for the past seven years. The accident was still under investigation at the time of reports, and officers had spent hours at the scene already collecting evidence.
According to police, the driver had prior drunk driving offenses and had not had a driver’s license since 2010 when it was suspended. He was charged with hit-and-run and manslaughter and may also be facing child endangerment charges.
In situations where a person is killed in a wreck that was another party’s fault, a wrongful death suit can help families pay for medical expenses and burial costs, compensate for a loss of income and find closure to a devastating and challenging time.