A young Riviera Beach man’s life is changed forever after a police pursuit ends with him unable to walk or talk. Now, his family is suing the Riviera Beach Police Department claiming negligence.
The 24-year old Domonique Washington was driving through this neighborhood at Avenue E and Blue Heron Boulevard when he was T-boned by a SUV going 70 miles per.
Washington was a new dad and personal trainer living in Riviera Beach at the time of the accident.
“He was super active. He ran 5 miles a day in the morning,” said his mother. “He worked out every morning before he went to work.”
Now, the 26-year-old can’t walk, speak well or eat without the help of his family and mother.
She spoke to us over Skype while she takes care of him in Wisconsin.
“I went my whole life making sure he didn’t break a bone just for him to move to another state and get caught up in something that had nothing to do with him,” she said.
Washington was on his way to a client for his personal training business when a SUV, being pursued by police, crashed into him.
“That chase went in excess of 70 mph through a residential neighborhood where the speed limit is 25 mph,” said an attorney for Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley , the firm representing Washington. “It was a tragedy, that could’ve been avoided.”
In police dash cam video, you can see the suspect’s Chevy Tahoe crash into Washington’s Mazda Portege. The Chevy was driven by a 23-year old according to the crash report.
We reviewed the Rivera Beach police policy, which states that in a pursuit, officers can exceed maximum speed limits, so long as they don’t endanger life or property.
Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious accident resulting in several serious injuries. We hope the investigators can quickly determine what caused the accident. Please be careful and obey the speed limits whenever you are driving a motorcycle, car, SUV or truck. We hope that all parties involved consult with an experienced trial lawyer. If you have been injured in an accident, call my office for a free consultation and find out what your rights are.”
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