Police officers get a lot of leeway to bend traffic rules to do their job. But they’re can’t be broken beyond certain limits. When they are and people get hurt, a firing may be the least of the officer’s worries.
Late last month, a Gwinnett officer was fired for going 97 MPH and hitting two pedestrians in the process. One of the teens died. The officer had jumped the curb and hit them while responding to an accident.
The zone the officer was traveling in was a 40 MPH zone. Gwinnett’s rules only permit officers to travel up 60 MPH in such a zone for the type of call the ex-officer received, and preferably should stay within speed limits and use lights and sirens judiciously. For the egregious actions of the officer, he was fired from his job.
Now, he’s facing criminal charges of vehicular homicide. He has turned himself in but no plea has been given yet.
Sometimes a new police officer does things they shouldn’t. If all of the allegations hold true, we hope that justice is served and that the families of the teens can receive compensation for the actions of this ex-officer.
Have you been injured in an accident anywhere in the Atlanta metro area? You may be eligible for financial compensation. Sometimes an insurance company does pay what you need, but not always. And there may be reasons to go after who injured you with punitive damages. Find out if you’re getting what you deserve. Call the Strong Arm at John Foy & Associates today for a free consultation.