Santa Ana: Police Chase Ended with Pedestrian Death
Posted on May 31, 2013
Shortly after 11:45 a.m. on Thursday, May 30, a police chase ended in the death of a pedestrian in Santa Ana. The pursuit of the white compact car began in the 1000 block of Central Avenue after an officer-involved shooting. Police followed the vehicle to the area of MacArthur Boulevard and Flower Street, where the suspects struck and killed a pedestrian. They proceeded to exit the car and flee. All three were apprehended that afternoon. The accident is under investigation.
“Given the laws concerning immunity from liability for government employees, determining which party is responsible for the damages resulting from an accident that occurred during a police pursuit can be complicated,” explained California injury lawyer James Ballidis.
California Vehicle Code section 17004.7 indicates that a public agency is immune from liability for an accident resulting in injury or death when the vehicle involved was operated by an actual or suspected violator of the law who was being, or believed he or she was being, pursued by a peace officer employed by a public entity. Government agencies must meet several requirements in order to receive immunity under this law.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the pedestrian who was killed during the police chase.
The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Santa Ana pedestrian accident.
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