Candy Priano's Fight for High-Speed Pursuit Victims

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:42 by admin
In January 2002 fifteen-year-old Kristie Priano was killed when a teenager involved in a high-speed police pursuit hit the minivan she was travelling in. Kristie’s senseless death galvanized her mother Candy into an instrument of legislative reform. Candy Priano has since advocated major changes in the California police pursuit legislation to require its use only when a fleeing suspect presents an imminent and immediate danger to the public.

Police work very hard to ensure the safety of the citizens’ lives, often at great risk to their own lives. Police pursuits represent the most dangerous work officers do. An average officer’s high-speed chase lasts about two minutes at most, but each chase places civilians at great peril. Every day someone is killed in a police chase.

Candy Priano has worked tirelessly along with other advocacy groupsto bring accountability for police chases. With approximately 40% of all police chases resulting in a crash, 20% resulting in injury, and 1% in a fatality, police chases have fallen under ever closer scrutiny. Moreover, collateral victims of police pursuits are thought to be vastly underreported, because the police are loath to characterize collateral fatalities as those resulting from a police pursuit. It is very difficult to tell officers who protect and serve us that their practices must come under review. Officers must weigh twin evils of pursuing a fleeing suspect and allowing a suspect to flee with impunity.

If you or someone you love has been injured as a result of a high-speed police pursuit, then you should contact an attorney to evaluate your claim. Please keep in mind that there are time limits that may affect your case.

See Also

  1. High-Speed Police Chases
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