Cafeteria worker killed in car chase involving stolen vehicle

A high school cafeteria worker was killed in Florida on Sept. 18 when a vehicle involved in a police chase crashed into the worker’s car. According to sources, police were in pursuit of two men who were reportedly in a stolen vehicle when the accident occurred. Both men have been detained on burglary charges, but they have yet to be charged in connection to the crash.

A Hialeah police representative said police responded to an attempted burglary with a stolen vehicle on East 59th Street. When police arrived, according to court reports, a chase ensued. The allegedly stolen Honda Accord ran a red light at East 4th Street and collided with the worker’s car. The men then fled the crash site but were later apprehended by police.

One man is facing charges of burglary and grand theft auto while the other faces charges of criminal mischief and burglary. During court proceedings, one suspect was granted bail, and the other is expected to be placed on house arrest. The court indicated they could not charge the men for the crash due to a pending investigation. Police have said they are in the process of securing warrants in relation to the fatal auto accident.

When an individual is involved in a car accident that claims another person’s life, he or she may be held accountable and liable for financial damages incurred by the family. This may include funeral expenses, property damage and lost income if the person was contributing to household expenses. The family may decide to seek compensation for such financial losses by filing a wrongful death suit.

Source: NBC South Florida, “No Charges Yet in Hialeah Fatal Accident“, September 19, 2014