Wrongful Death During Police Pursuit ~ OPOLAW Injury Blog

Friday, October 23, 2009

Wrongful Death During Police Pursuit

Lillian Stahl, a 27-year-old, was killed by a drunken driver who was fleeing from police. Stahl’s family has filed a wrongful death and negligence lawsuit against Yellowstone County and the city of Billings. The lawsuit claims that city officers and county deputies violated their own pursuit policies and that city and county law enforcement agencies lied to the public by stating that the sheriff's deputy leading the pursuit called off the chase several blocks before the fatal collision. "We recognize the Billings Police Department and Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office have a difficult job," said Chris Edwards, a lawyer representing the Stahls. "That is precisely why they have policies and procedures in place that are designed to protect the public while they carry out that job. Unfortunately, on the day that Lilly Stahl was killed, those policies and procedures were violated numerous times, resulting in a completely preventable loss of life."

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