Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper is fighting for his job back after his involvement in a high speed crash which killed a 20-year-old driver. The driver died when his car hit a tree and caught fire on Andersonville Pike last November. The young driver's parents recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Tennessee Highway Patrol in connection with that crash. The parents allege that the trooper left their son to die.
A wrongful death lawsuit is a type of legal action which the families of a deceased car accident victim file against the individuals responsible for the accident. Funds from wrongful death actions hold negligent individuals accountable for the damage that they caused and allow family members to pay for funeral expenses and medical bills, among other things. Wrongful death and personal injury actions are also commonly filed against the employer of individuals who kill others while on duty. In this case, the THP is being sued because of the alleged actions of one of its troopers.
The trooper was allegedly engaged in a high-speed chase with the 20-year-old at the time of the accident. The trooper's cruiser camera video shows that he did not stop to help the young driver despite the accident being in full view near a street light. The trooper reportedly called off the chase and told dispatchers that he had lost sight of the car. He then parked down the road and did not return to the scene of the accident until he heard that a neighbor reported the accident.
The trooper does not face any criminal charges arising out of this crash and will learn about the fate of his job in about 10 days.
Source: News Sentinel, "Trooper in fiery, fatal crash will get job decision in 10 days," Matt Lakin, Feb. 10, 2012