Fatal Crash After Stolen SUV Speeds in Ferguson, Missouri
Posted on August 30th, 2016 by Zane Cagle
Suspects Still Being Sought
In a tragic and preventable crash, a 27 year old man was killed when a stolen SUV crashed into him at the intersection of Harvey and Carson, Ferguson, MO. The SUV struck the driver’s side of the compact car, killing the young man instantly.
The SUV was stolen out of St. Louis County and reportedly had five people inside, four males and one female who all fled the scene. The stolen SUV was speeding eastbound on Carson and crashed into the compact car that was traveling northbound on Harvey.
The 27 year old man was a father to two young children and as of August 25, 2016, no suspects have been arrested. The public is encouraged to call the Ferguson Police Department if they have further information that will lead to the resolution of this tragic incident.
Speed Related Crashes
The state of Missouri has an absolute speed limit law, meaning if a person is driving even one mile over the speed limit, they are breaking the law. Driving at excessive speeds not only leaves the driver at risk but others. Speeding does not allow a drive enough time to react to unexpected circumstances. However, in this scenario one would question is the driver of the SUV was all that concerned about safety when he and/or others decided to steal the car. One suspects if they are willing to steal a vehicle, then speeding seems like a very small crime.
Stating the obvious—this crash never should have happened as the five people in the vehicle would not have even been there to break the speeding law had they not already committed the crime of stealing a car. This crash never should have happened and a young man should not have had to lose his life due to the crimes and negligence of another. Traffic in of itself can be dangerous, let alone
A prayer vigil was held to honor the 27 year old man killed Friday afternoon, August 19, 2016.
If you are Involved in a Motor Vehicle Crash
If you are injured in motor vehicle crash, do not leave the scene. The above is not a typical fatal car crash “incident” rather it involves several felonies including stolen property and leaving the scene of a crash. Right now the charges include many things including vehicular homicide. Typical crash incidents involve drivers who do not purposely violate the law but may be involved in negligent act that is not intentional or criminal in any way. You can be “negligent” if you commit any number of driving errors which can make a crash your fault but not make you criminally liable as in the example above which is usually termed “vehicular homicide” because the crash was preventable and took place when a person(s) in reckless disregard for another’s life while committing a crime.
If you have been injured or have a family member injured due to negligence or intentional acts causing a motor vehicle crash, you need legal representation. Injured victims should contact a personal injury attorney to be sure that your rights are represented.
At The Cagle Law Firm, our attorneys have handled many wrongful death claims and serious injury car crash incidents and we understand the complex process and our important role in handling all of the legal aspects so that you and your family can begin the recovery process.
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