SAN DIEGO NEWS 10 reported that four people were injured as a result of a high speed chase with a Carlsbad police officer on September 22, 2010. The incident began at around 1:30 p.m. when a Carlsbad police officer was investigating a report of a Honda accord being driven recklessly while its occupants were throwing debris at passing vehicles. According to Carlsbad Police Lt. Marc Reno, the 17-year-old driver of the Accord did not yield to the investigating officer and the pursuit began. The teen driver hit a sign on the off-ramp while exiting Interstate 5 at Carlsbad Village Drive and then hit a Jeep stopped at the light at Monroe Street. The woman driving the Jeep and one of the passengers in the Accord were transported to Palomar Medical Center. Two others, who sustained serious injuries were flown to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla. Further investigation will determine if drugs were involved, as drug paraphernalia was found in the Accord.
Applicable California Law
The driver of the Accord will face potential criminal charges for reckless driving, evading a police officer and possibly driving under the influence. In addition, he will be liable for any damage to property, personal injury to his passengers and the woman in the Jeep, as well as possible punitive damages for gross negligence ( see my prior Blog post for the law on punitive damages). If his passengers participated in, and or contributed to his reckless conduct, or contributed to causing their own injuries, their claims would be reduced accordingly. If the Carlsbad police officer followed their policy and procedure for high speed pursuit he and the city would be immune from any liability.
At times teenage drivers are reckless because they lack experience and maturity when driving. Their indifference to other vehicles on the road causes auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, danger to pedestrians and property. If you have been seriously injured, or lost a loved one, due to a reckless driver contact an experienced personal injury attorney.