Innocent Woman Killed In Chase

Innocent Woman Killed In Chase

There are 63 comments on the WREG story from Dec 11, 2009, titled Innocent Woman Killed In Chase. In it, WREG reports that:

One person is dead and several hurt after a truck being chased by police slammed into another vehicle.

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YSR

Olive Branch, MS

#1 Dec 11, 2009
My heart goes out to the families, but also the police officers involved. When things like this happen it places a huge burden on the hearts of these officers. They often blame themselves even though they were only doing their job. It is very unfortunate for the families of these innocent people and our police officers. May God bring comfort to them all.
Studmonkey

Miami, FL

#2 Dec 11, 2009
If they hadn't been chasing the fellow, he wouldn't have ran the red light, and these people would still be alive. I don't want the police chasing folks when I'm out there on the road. My silly little life means more to me than the police caughting a red light runner.
Midtown

Memphis, TN

#3 Dec 11, 2009
Well....Studmonkey....you want to complain about the police....so next time you are in need of help by an officer for what ever crime call a crackhead/drunk driver/rapist/armed robber/burglar I am sure they will be glad to help you out.

Life for an officer is hard enough, more now than ever. They are human and only do what the superior officers allow, and the guide lines set by local government. So think about it, I'm sure they will every night for the rest of their lives. And if you have children raise them to show respect, and have morals and to know wrong from right.
with held

Henderson, TN

#4 Dec 11, 2009
just goes to show, running away from the law is STUPID and other innocents are at risk!
Jaded

Knoxville, TN

#5 Dec 11, 2009
I was gonna say, "Let's see how long it is before someone says this was the police officer's fault," but I didn't get past the second comment before StudMonkey had already gone there. It's appalling to me that he and his ilk canNOT see that this is the fault of the person fleeing, NOT the officer doing the job we pay him to do! How can you NOT see that? Did the cop run into the car? No. Did the cop MAKE the person run? No. So how in the name of all that's good and right in this world could it be the policeman's fault? You're warped, StudMonkey, and you're looking in the wrong place for someone to blame. Blame the one who started it. The criminal!

And you know what else? Had the person fleeing gotten away and hurt someone else, Mr. Monkey would the first in line to holler about why the police officer didn't apprehend him in the first place, and THAT woulda been the cop's fault, too.
Cupability

Memphis, TN

#6 Dec 11, 2009
I realize that when police, troopers, deputies, iniate a chase; the person they are chasing has broken some law. But taking the life/s of innocent bystanders, the people they have sworn to protect, as a result of that chase leaves a very bitter taste in my mouth.
It even bothers me that the chasee is often times killed in such a chase. Those officers have judged and tried them on the spot and sentenced them to death. Wrong is wrong. I think sometimes the adrenaline rush takes over and common sense flies out the door. There have to be choices and consequences for the law enforcement people as well as the criminals or sometimes just plain ole misdemeanors.
uknown

Birmingham, AL

#7 Dec 11, 2009
agreed upon Midtown, studmonkey next time you need help you call one of your homies a crackhead/drunk driver/rapist/armed robber/burglar im sure they'll be happy to help you out, don't call the pOlice then if your going to complain for them doing there job, however this is why we don't have have pursuits in most cases in memphis/shelby cty....
Midtown wrote:
Well....Studmonkey....you want to complain about the police....so next time you are in need of help by an officer for what ever crime call a crackhead/drunk driver/rapist/armed robber/burglar I am sure they will be glad to help you out.
Life for an officer is hard enough, more now than ever. They are human and only do what the superior officers allow, and the guide lines set by local government. So think about it, I'm sure they will every night for the rest of their lives. And if you have children raise them to show respect, and have morals and to know wrong from right.
Cynic

Memphis, TN

#8 Dec 11, 2009
Studmonkey wrote:
If they hadn't been chasing the fellow, he wouldn't have ran the red light, and these people would still be alive. I don't want the police chasing folks when I'm out there on the road. My silly little life means more to me than the police caughting a red light runner.
The person at fault is the driver of the truck. He/she/it ran when he should have pulled over and stopped. This low life should be charged with manslaughter. You are absolutely 100% wrong. But then again, I have to ask, how many felony convictions do you have? That is the only explanation for you wishing that the police not do their job, you want a safe stealing, dealing and killing environment to work in. Either that or you have monkey poo for brains, which is it?
h8ter

Greensboro, NC

#9 Dec 11, 2009
Studmonkey wrote:
If they hadn't been chasing the fellow, he wouldn't have ran the red light, and these people would still be alive. I don't want the police chasing folks when I'm out there on the road. My silly little life means more to me than the police caughting a red light runner.
They never said they where chasing the peice of S&#T over running a red light. That is how the accident occured. I was a Police Officer for 11 years but when we are not able to do our jobs because we are so judged, by people like yourself, for everything we do. It puts a bad taste in our mouths. Some of those officers are very close friends or brothers please dont judge them they are there so you can sleep at night they do the best they can. Unless you've ever been there you really don't know anything! STFU!
Georgia Peach

United States

#10 Dec 11, 2009
The innocent lady that was killed in this incident was very near and dear to my heart as well as my family. I'm in total shock that such a person with the biggest smile great personality that I grew up with as a child in the beauty shop has gone on to a better place has left us here in this world were mistakes are made.. Questions of doubt and heavy hearts. Please pray for me as well as my family during this tragic time in our lives..
Jen

Collierville, TN

#11 Dec 11, 2009
I'd like to know why the police were chasing this person? Had the person committed a horrific crime or was it some other issue that was worth chasing him and ultimately ending an innocent woman's life. I support the police in doing whatever is needed in cases where a dangerous criminal is running, however, if it was some minor traffic violation or issue then shame on them.
The Chase

Memphis, TN

#12 Dec 11, 2009
I have yet to hear why this felon was being chased. In some instances i can support a police chase through busy public streets and intersections. To say the police are not at fault is ludicrous. If that were your family member dead you'd think twice. Minor offenses DO NOT warrant high speed pursuits and the exponential extreme risks they present to the public. Get the tag number and pick them up later. If the guy just shot someone and is running I submit that's a different situation all together. Technically the felon is at fault for running the red light and hitting the other vehicle however, had the chase not taken place in the first place this woman would be alive and the police could still serve the community only much safer by picking the person up later.
The Chase

Memphis, TN

#13 Dec 11, 2009
Cynic wrote:
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The person at fault is the driver of the truck. He/she/it ran when he should have pulled over and stopped. This low life should be charged with manslaughter. You are absolutely 100% wrong. But then again, I have to ask, how many felony convictions do you have? That is the only explanation for you wishing that the police not do their job, you want a safe stealing, dealing and killing environment to work in. Either that or you have **** poo for brains, which is it?
Charging them with manslaughter is likely a given. If they had not just committed a violent felony then there should not have been a chase to start with. The only time the general public should be placed at risk is when the risk to the public is greater if nothing were done.
The Chase

Memphis, TN

#14 Dec 11, 2009
Georgia Peach wrote:
The innocent lady that was killed in this incident was very near and dear to my heart as well as my family. I'm in total shock that such a person with the biggest smile great personality that I grew up with as a child in the beauty shop has gone on to a better place has left us here in this world were mistakes are made.. Questions of doubt and heavy hearts. Please pray for me as well as my family during this tragic time in our lives..
You are certainly in our prayers. I hope that your family is looking into retaining a very good lawyer - I know I would.
Bro

Olive Branch, MS

#15 Dec 11, 2009
"Studmonkey" has it all wrong. All of us really smart people know the lady that died was at fault since she was out driving when she should have been home where she belonged. I am truely saddened for her family and friends.
Bamagritz

Memphis, TN

#16 Dec 11, 2009
So I guess the police officers that are out there every single day and night putting their lives on the line for US should just let people run and do nothing....just let them go? NO way...that's not what I want. "We should ALWAYS double check oncoming traffic in EVERY direction before proceeding through an intersection or a 4-way stop.....even if you have the right of way!!Wear your seatbelts (lap and shoulder).. It could save your life." These words are quoted from a PROFESSIONAL that was at the scene.
mimi

Wynne, AR

#17 Dec 11, 2009
they need to put the person to sleep forever, he cause anothers persons live,so shall his be taken,the one who took off.the women who was kill,i think is in a better place, we are here in a awful place and getting worst, on accountof scumbags like these, that kill someone and do a few months in jail,they get off and do it again, system sucks, if it werent for the cops,just think what it would be like.i am on their side
Memphis Grammar

Germantown, TN

#18 Dec 11, 2009
The Chase wrote:
I have yet to hear why this felon was being chased. In some instances i can support a police chase through busy public streets and intersections. To say the police are not at fault is ludicrous. If that were your family member dead you'd think twice. Minor offenses DO NOT warrant high speed pursuits and the exponential extreme risks they present to the public. Get the tag number and pick them up later. If the guy just shot someone and is running I submit that's a different situation all together. Technically the felon is at fault for running the red light and hitting the other vehicle however, had the chase not taken place in the first place this woman would be alive and the police could still serve the community only much safer by picking the person up later.
Typically when a suspect isn't stoping, it means they have done something bad. If they attempted to pull them over for running a red light - then they had worse offenses to hide, thats why they ran, and cops are smart enough to know this. If they are running - there is a really good reason. The police we responding as they should have. The drivers of the fleeing vehicle should be caught and charged with all of their violatoins, including vehicular homicide.
Cynic

Memphis, TN

#19 Dec 11, 2009
The Chase wrote:
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Charging them with manslaughter is likely a given. If they had not just committed a violent felony then there should not have been a chase to start with. The only time the general public should be placed at risk is when the risk to the public is greater if nothing were done.
This individual was a suspect in a disturbance call, the police did not know what was the problem. He could have been just drunk, slappin' the old lady around, threatening to kill someone or just being fool. We don't know. However, fleeing and eluding are serious crimes. The police did the best they could. The responsibility for this crime rests SOLELY with the eluding driver. No chase policies merely encourage people to run. Quit coddling the criminal element. If you run from the police and there is an accident you should be held accountable. I personally would like to see this person and everyone like him charged with special circumstance murder and be given the death penalty. He was running to save his own sorry hide, he took a life, therefore he forfeits his own.
Garey Ballard

United States

#20 Dec 11, 2009
I have always been against police chasing anyone for any reason. to many times there are mistakes and someone is killed. It is convient that the law says that who ever kills someone in a pursuit it is the person that is being chased fault. And to all of you on duty cops using the internet to make your posts while on duty shame on you.

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