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2 dead in Tennessee car accident involving police cruiser

A recent Tennessee crash involving a police officer resulted in two deaths. A 63-year-old man and his 49-year-old passenger both suffered fatal injuries when a police car crashed into their vehicle. The police officer was fortunate to survive the Shelby County car accident.

The chief of police for the precinct that employs the officer said that all his concerns and prayers go to the family members affected by the fatal crash. Although the name of the officer has yet to be released, the police chief said that he has been employed with the force for six years. He said that they have never had any problems with the officer during his entire law enforcement career.

According to a witness, the police officer had turned his emergency lights off just prior to driving into the intersection where the crash took place. However, the police chief said that there have been conflicting reports as to whether the officer's blue lights were engaged at the moment of collision. He said that the truth will be revealed once they are able to retrieve the video from the cruiser's dash-mounted video camera. In the meantime, the officer is on temporary leave from duty as a result of injuries he suffered.

Tennessee family members of the accident victims will have to deal with the difficult reality of losing their loved ones. Whenever a loved one is lost in a fatal car accident, though, it is important to discover who was at fault for the crash for the purposes of evaluating a potential wrongful death lawsuit. In some situations, a car wreck occurs due to driver error. In other cases, accidents are caused by problems with the road or defective automobile parts. Once the responsible party is identified, then family members can decide if they wish to pursue financial restitution in court.

Source: wmcactionnews5.com, "Two victims identified in fatal crash with Bartlett officer", Kontji Anthony, Oct. 13, 2014

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