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Deputy alleged to have ignored victims in serious car accident

Those who serve as police officers are often held in the highest regard for their willingness to sacrifice for the good of others. While the vast majority of police do go above and beyond, not every individual meets that expectation. One Texas deputy was recently accused of not reporting a serious car accident.

According to accounts, the deputy in question purportedly spotted a car that was exceeding the speed limit. The dash camera mounted in his car apparently recorded the officer giving chase as the vehicle passed his location. At some point during the deputy's pursuit, the leading car crashed and flipped over. However, the officer did not stop to render aid. Instead, his vehicle's emergency lights and sirens were purportedly deactivated and he left the scene.

The deputy did not report the accident during his shift. Instead, his superior discovered the camera's recording. When questioned, the deputy claimed to have lost the car he was pursuing and had no knowledge of the crash. However, the sheriff alleges that the officer saw the wreckage but did not stop. He has subsequently been terminated -- though Texas officials claim it was over policy violations related to the pursuit and not because of the wreck.

The car was carrying two teen girls, one of whom suffered critical injuries and required transportation by air. The second girl died on the scene; it is unknown if she could have been saved had the officer provided assistance immediately. The families of the girls were informed that the deputy apparently left without summoning emergency responders. Regardless of whether the deputy faces any criminal charges stemming from this car accident, the families of the victims appear to have grounds to file civil lawsuits against the officer for his role in failing to stop and render aid that may have made a difference in the first critical moments. While no litigation can relieve grief or heal physical injuries, financial compensation can ease the burdens caused by monetary damages.

Source: abc7.com, "Texas deputy accused of chasing car, leaving after fatal crash", Ted Oberg and Marla Carter, Aug. 23, 2017

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