Houston — 2 Officers Injured After Chase Ends in Fiery Crash
Posted on Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 at 4:11 am by Williams Hart
Two Houston police officers were hospitalized after a chase ended in a fiery crash in the Third Ward in Houston on Monday, February 18, 2019.
The chase began at approximately 12:15 a.m. when the officers attempted to pull over what they thought was a stolen vehicle at Hutchins Street and Holman Street. Instead of pulling over, the driver of the alleged stolen vehicle took off on a nearly hour-long chase throughout the South Central area. The officers tried to end the pursuit with a PIT maneuver, but instead, they ended up crashing into a tree at Highway 288 and Blodgett Street, causing their vehicle to burst into flames.
The suspect then ditched his vehicle and fled on foot, but an officer’s K-9 caught up with him. He was taken into custody and charged with failure to stop and render aid and evading arrest.
Both the officers suffered neck and back pain and were brought to the hospital. They have since been released.
It is great to hear the officers are now recovering from their injuries. Unfortunately, there are countless other victims who are not as lucky. Car accidents are a problem in this day and age, and yet, they still continue to happen on a regular basis. In a statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), car accidents occur almost every minute of every day, and for every 16 minutes, someone dies from a car accident. This can be translated to be about 6 million car accidents every year and about 37,000 people dying from them.
In addition to this, a police car chase is not uncommon in the United States. In fact, in 2012, about 68,000 vehicle pursuits were reported. It is also common for police chases to end in death or injury. The Bureau of Justice Statistics reported that from 1996 to 2015, an average of 355 people were killed every year in pursuit-related accidents. A third of the number consist of innocent bystanders, and a USA Today investigation has noted that chases kill black people — both as innocent bystanders and as the target of the pursuit — 3 times more than anybody else.
Police car chases that end in a crash are quite difficult to the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers who are experts in cases like this. That is why, if you are a victim of this kind of accident, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask for help from these lawyers. They will help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.
If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (800) 220-9341 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.
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