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Wrongful death lawsuit filed following fatal shot by police

Two children lost their mother following her tragic death after a fatal car crash in Texas in 2013. The incident stemmed from what should have been a routine traffic stop, but unfortunately turned deadly. The father of one of the deceased woman's children has recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the officer who fired the fatal shot, on behalf of that child.

A Richardson police officer shot the female driver of a gray Lexus in 2013 based upon his alleged fear for his life after the driver allegedly refused to pull over for a traffic stop. According to the police version of events, the driver refused to pull over for the police officer who alleged that she was speeding. Instead of pulling over, she drove around the officer, slowing down, then accelerating. The officer then shot the driver, and subsequently, the car rolled over and crashed into the guardrail. The driver was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Unsurprisingly, the version of events told by police differs from that presented in the lawsuit. According to the plaintiff's version of events, the driver was traveling at a slow speed, and only an arm's length away, when the driver began driving around the officer, who was in no danger of being hit by the car. Nonetheless, the officer fired a shot into the driver's chest which resulted in her death.

The lawsuit does not specify the damages that the plaintiff is seeking in this cause of action. This was a tragic event that cost two children their beloved mother and will likely create years of pain and suffering. Dallas residents may hope that this lawsuit brings some measure of comfort to the child who no longer has a mother.

Source: The Dallas Morning News, "Second wrongful-death suit filed in 2013 case of woman shot, killed by Richardson officer", Robert Wilonsky, July 13, 2015

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