High Speed Chase Ends in Fatality
A high speed chase involving Houston Police left an innocent driver dead and three children critically injured according to Humble police. The Humble Police Department received a call at approximately 3:25 p.m. about a theft in progress at the Macy’s store at Deerbrook Mall. Police reports state that three women exited the store with over $2,600 worth of stolen merchandise and got into a waiting vehicle. Police officers on duty pulled up directly behind the vehicle, activating sirens and lights. The driver then fled the mall area and went southbound on Highway 59. Officers pursued the vehicle until they got off the highway and onto the off-ramp at Quitman. The driver of the suspects’ vehicle then ran a red light and broadsided an eastbound vehicle on Quitman. The force of the impact flipped the victim’s vehicle onto its roof. The female driver of the struck vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene, while three children, also inside the victim’s vehicle were transported to Be Taub hospital and are listed in critical condition. According to witnesses at the scene, the driver of the suspect vehicle jumped out of the car and attempted to flee on foot but was apprehended by police. The driver of the suspect vehicle, 21-year-old Shiquinta Franklin, now faces the charge of felony murder. The two other passengers in the suspect vehicle face theft charges. Accidents as the result of police chases are far more common you would think. No one sets out on the road with the intention of being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Serious and even fatal accidents are caused by police chases and make them one of the leading causes of automobile accident injuries. When a criminal is trying to escape and the police are in pursuit, there is often little thought of other innocent drivers or pedestrians. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured by an accident as a direct result of a police chase, give us a call with the details of your case. Our attorneys are highly experienced in accident cases such as this and they will not only give you good advice, they can prepare your case to get you the most in compensation or losses from accidents that were no fault of your own. Expenses such as medical expenses, funeral costs, loss of income, or potential increase in insurance rates can affect you long after the accident. Our lawyers are focused on accident cases such as this and have argued thousands of them in Houston area courts. We can help you. Give us a call.