At first the chase must have seemed like a scene out of an action movie. The police were in hot pursuit of a suspect on a speeding motorcycle twisting and weaving through the bustling streets of Buffalo, New York. And then tragedy struck: A graduating high school senior, just 18 years old, was later killed during this high-speed chase when he hit another car.
The fatal motorcycle accident happened during the morning rush hour just as people were on their way to school and work. The teen was pulled over after the police observed that he was driving without a rear license plate on the back of the motorcycle.
According to police reports, after the teen was pulled over by an officer, he sped away just as that officer was getting out of his vehicle. Less than a few minutes later, the teen smashed head-on into a BMW near an intersection. He died immediately at the scene.
When considering whether to pursue a vehicle through a city's crowded streets, police officers must quickly, and sometimes, instantaneously weigh the safety risks in keeping up with the chase versus the possible danger in allowing the suspect to get away. The trade off lies in stopping a possible crime or protecting the public at large.
Motorcyclists such as this teen can be exposed to serious injuries or death in the event of an accident because they do not have the same protections as someone riding in a car. These protective devices include airbags and seat belts. A legal professional should coordinate a detailed investigation into a motorcycle accident and then recommend the best course of legal action.
Source: WKBW New York, "Clarence High School Senior Killed in Motorcycle Crash" Mitch Simon, Jun. 05, 2013