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Albany father killed as criminal suspect tries to escape police

It is tragic to lose a loved one in a fatal car crash, but to lose someone in a crash caused by a criminal suspect trying to outrun the law is absolutely horrible. Sadly, an 18-year-old man saw his father killed in just such a recent Albany motor vehicle accident. The father had picked his son up from basketball practice and the two were talking about their favorite sport when a 29-year-old motorist in a stolen SUV slammed into the father and son.

Someone who runs from New York police, starts a police chase or speeds through a neighborhood puts everyone on the road at risk. As such, he or she should be held responsible for any damage, injuries or deaths that he or she causes. When a reckless driver causes an accident, the victims should be able to hold the driver legally accountable for his or her actions. In order to preserve those legal rights, however, it is best to speak with an experienced motor vehicle attorney and discuss what options are available.

In this story, it appears that the suspect was driving carelessly from the beginning. Rather than stopping for police on North Manning Boulevard in Albany, the driver slowly drove away from officers. The officers began to pursue the 29-year-old, but gave up the chase after a short distance because they did not want to increase the risk to residents and motorists in the neighborhood. Sadly, the suspect did not slow down or stop after police called off the chase.

It was quickly evident that the father was fatally injured in the crash. The man's son looked at his father in the aftermath of the crash and he "knew he was gone." Medical personnel at Albany Medical Center Hospital were able to keep the man on life support so that his family could come together to pay their respects, but he was eventually taken off life support and died from a fractured skull.

Source: Albany Times Union, "Dad's basketball talk his final words," Bryan Fitzgerald, Nov. 2, 2011

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