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Scooter riders killed in police crash

Two men who had reportedly stolen a scooter from a Raleigh, North Carolina, home suffered catastrophic injuries in a fatal accident on June 5. The two young men aboard the scooter were killed when they were caught between two area police cruisers that were on separate missions in the Raleigh area.

Authorities report that one of the officers was attempting to pull over a speeding motorist who was traveling at an estimated 20 mph over the speed limit at about 3 a.m. that Wednesday. Meanwhile, the two scooter passengers, age 20 and 21, were traveling through the area when they discovered that the vehicle's headlight had malfunctioned. Yet another officer noticed that vehicle's problem; he intended to give chase, but he was stymied by the fact that the scooter crossed over the center line, colliding head-on with the first officer's car.

Both victims were thrown from the vehicle. They were pronounced dead at the scene. The outcome of the accident is predictable when considering the speeds involved in the crash; the police cruiser was traveling at 76 mph and the scooter at 47 mph. Further, the scooter was stuck under the front of the cruiser. That vehicle dragged the scooter for more than 260 feet before coming to a stop.

The victims admittedly had a troubled past, with one of the young men facing felony cocaine charges. Even so, they did not deserve to be killed in a collision that may have been caused by police officers themselves.

In this case, the victims' families should seek financial compensation for wrongful death and other civil claims. Not only could they recover damages for funeral costs and medical expenses; they could also receive money for intangible claims such as pain and suffering, emotional distress and loss of consort. If you or a loved one has suffered catastrophic injuries in an accident, consider seeking the services of a qualified personal injury attorney to help you learn more about your legal options.

Source:  www.officer.com, "Two Dead After Stolen Scooter Hits N.C. Cruiser" Thomas McDonald and Ron Gallagher, Jun. 06, 2013

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