A young Boynton 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 Boynton Beach Police Department claiming negligence.
The 24-year-old, Richard Valentine, was driving through this neighborhood at Avenue E and Blue Heron Boulevard when he was T-boned by a SUV going 70 miles per hour.
Back then, Valentine was a new dad and personal trainer living in Boynton Beach.
But now, the 24-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.
Valentine was on his way to a client for his personal training business when a SUV being pursued by police crashed into him.
In police dash cam video you can see the suspect’s Chevy Tahoe crash into the Mazda Portege. The Chevy was driven by a 23-year-old and had run a stop sign, according to the crash report.
The crash report shows two officers were pursuing the suspect.
We reviewed the Boynton 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 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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