A Texas teenager has died in a tragic car accident after being struck by a vehicle that was fleeing from police. The 16-year-old was in a Ford Focus driven by another teen. His friend sustained severe injuries in the car accident and was transported to the hospital in critical condition.
Two other people were attempting to flee from police after a shoplifting incident when the crash occurred. The teenager's vehicle was one of three vehicles that were struck by the fleeing suspects. The two people said to be responsible for the crash are facing hefty criminal charges in connection with the teen's death and his friend's injuries.
Prior to the car accident, police were contacted about a possible theft in a local mall. They attempted to apprehend the suspects as they got into their vehicles in another store parking lot. However, one of the suspects backed into a patrol car and almost struck an officer before they sped out of the parking lot. The subsequent chase lasted about two and a half miles before they crashed into the teen's car and another pickup truck. Fortunately, the couple in the pickup did not receive serious injuries.
A car accident like this can be difficult for the families to deal with because there was no way for the teens to avoid it. Although the people involved are now facing criminal charges in Texas, there is still the possibility that the families of the two teens will seek a civil case against them as well. When negligence causes a death, the families have legal options available to them so that they can pursue further justice against the person responsible for harming their loved ones.
Source: Houston Chronicle, "Baytown teen bystander killed in police chase with shoplifting suspects," Carol Christian, Oct. 20, 2012