Pedestrian Injured When Hit by Speeding Cop
June 28, 2018
A local police officer from a Jersey Shore town was allegedly speeding in his cruiser doing at least 80 mph when he apparently clipped a NY woman, a new lawsuit states. The woman has filed a suit against the Jersey Shore town, the local police officer, and Jersey Central Power and Light (JCP&L) for being behind the cause of her accident. In the lawsuit, she claims that while she and a friend were walking from the Crabs Claw Inn on Route 35 at around 1 in the morning they then decided to go across Grand Central Avenue near President Avenue when the incident occurred.
Police Officer Speeds Down the Street in Pursuit of a Speeder
Both women stated that they had looked both ways down the street looking for traffic before they attempted to cross, yet they could not see the officer who was driving at speeds of up to 100 mph chasing another speeding vehicle. It was after the two women stepped onto the road, unaware of the cop’s vehicle, that the woman was clipped by the cop car and fell back into her friend who also suffered an injury due to the ordeal. The woman who was initially hit not only suffered a smashed nose but her leg was actually ripped open to the bone from where she was hit by the police cruiser.
A Debate over Whether or Not the Officer’s Headlights Were On
The officer claims in the suit that his car headlights were on while he was in pursuit of the vehicle but that his emergency lights and sirens were not turned on at that time. The woman alleges however that not only were his sirens and emergency lights off but that his headlights were not turned on as well. She also believes that several burned out streetlights contributed to her accident which is why both the town and JCP&L are listed in the lawsuit. It is because of the alleged lack of streetlights and headlights that this, in turn, constitutes negligent behavior on behalf of the officer, JCP&L, and the borough which is why the woman is seeking damages in addition to attorney’s fees, court costs and interest from all of the named parties.
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