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Intoxicated man initiates police chase causing fatal car accident

When an officer of the law attempts to pull someone over, arguably the worst action that that person can take is speeding away and prompting a car chase. Car chases are not only dangerous to the person driving, but also cause great risk for others in or near the roadway, including any passengers in the car of the person fleeing authorities. A man who decided to initiate a chase with Missouri officers instead of being pulled over is now facing second-degree murder charges after causing a car accident that killed his passenger.

The tragic situation began when a police officer attempted to pull the man's vehicle over for a traffic stop. However, instead of simply pulling over, the man reportedly sped away at an excessive speed. He apparently ran a red light, almost hitting other vehicles in the process. When the man continued driving through a neighborhood at unsafe speeds, the police officer was forced to stop chasing the car for public safety.

The man continued speeding and eventually crashed his car, throwing his front-seat passenger -- along with her 1-year-old son -- from his vehicle. Sadly, the mother died on the way to the hospital, but the son miraculously survived the crash. The man was given a blood alcohol test, and the test indicated that he was intoxicated. In addition to second-degree murder, the man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, endangering the welfare of a child and resisting a lawful stop.

Due to the apparent reckless and negligent actions of this man resulting in the fatal car accident, the baby will now have to grow up without his mother. The man faces numerous Missouri criminal charges. It is not clear if the man bore any relation to the woman or the child, but the deceased woman's estate has the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit against him in an effort to make him fully accountable for his actions on that day.

Source: kmbc.com, "Man charged with murder after passenger dies in wreck", Jeffrey Field, June 9, 2014

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