JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - A judge has ruled the city of Jackson must pay up for causing a car crash in August 2001. A Texas woman was killed in a collision with a teenager who was trying to get away from police.
53 year old Margaret Stephens was in the back of an SUV when it was struck by a stolen car at Bailey Avenue and Maple Street. The car was driven by 16 year old Lamarcus Butler. A teenage passenger in the car also later died from his injuries.
Police had been chasing the car, after trying to pull them over for not having headlights on, which is a misdemeanor offense.
Stephens' relatives in Jackson filed a wrongful death suit against the city. And in a ruling handed down February 5th, Circuit Court Judge Winston Kidd ordered the city of Jackson to pay the family $700,000.
In the ruling, Judge Kidd says JPD officer Gregory Jackson acted with reckless disregard to department policies, ultimately causing Stephens' death.
The high speed chase lasted nearly 2 miles, with the suspect and officer running numerous traffic signals. The officer continued the pursuit even after his superior told him to stop.
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