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South Carolina officer faces charges after fatal crash

Police officers are expected to uphold the laws that keep the public safe from various crimes and dangerous situations. Unfortunately, there are times when these public servants are suspected of making decisions that actually put others in danger. According to official documents, one South Carolina police officer is now being held liable for causing the death of an innocent resident.

The charges against the police officer stem from a vehicle chase that ended in a crash. According to the report, the 26-year-old officer was in pursuit of an allegedly stolen car. Though there was no information provided as to the speeds that the chase reached, at some point in the chase, the officer's car collided with one being driven by a 22-year-old college student.

The student was killed in the crash, which occurred over the summer. According to departmental policy, officers are to engage in pursuits only when it is believed that a serious crime has been committed and that the greater good would be served by attempting to chase suspected offenders in the effort to apprehend them. It was reported that two people were later arrested in connection to the allegedly stolen car.

The South Carolina policeman is facing charges of reckless homicide. The charges were only recently filed, and there is no further information concerning the case. The victim's family members are likely devastated by the sudden loss of their loved one. Families who have lost members through the negligent or careless actions of another party may have recourse to recover the monetary damages they may have also sustained. An experienced personal injury attorney could provide information regarding the filing of a wrongful death suit in an attempt to collect the financial losses that stem from these tragic events.

Source: U.S. News & World Report, "South Carolina deputy arrested in chase crash death", Nov. 22, 2017

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