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Chesapeake Trash Truck Driver Was Killed in Police Pursuit Linked Crash

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Chesapeake Trash Truck Driver Was Killed in Police Pursuit Linked Crash

Hundreds of innocent people are killed every year in police pursuits. In some cases, a suspect is chased for a minor offense. I was saddened to read about how a Chesapeake trash truck driver was killed in a police chase this week.

The truck driver died after a head-on crash on Tuesday afternoon with a vehicle driven by a suspect trying to get away from police. A report on WAVY.com identified the victim as 51-year-old George Harris from Norfolk.

Chesapeake Police spokesperson Kelly Elliot said the chase lasted less than a minute. She said the suspect did not have an inspection sticker.

Media reports said officers tried to pull over a man around 12:35 p.m. Tuesday close to Johnstown and Hanbury Roads. The man took off west down Johnstown.

WAVY reported the chase lasted about three miles before police said the suspect rear-ended a vehicle. He lost control of his car and swerved into oncoming traffic. The suspect crashed head-on into a Chesapeake Waste Management truck near Johnstown Road and Arthur’s Court.

The trash truck and the Nissan Sentra driven by the suspect flipped and landed in a deep ditch. The truck driver succumbed to his injuries several hours after the crash at the hospital, according to Elliot.

Chesapeake Trash Truck Driver Was Killed

Chesapeake Trash Truck Driver Was Killed on Johnstown Road

The suspect and his passenger are being treated for serious injuries at Sentara Norfolk General. No injuries were reported in the car that was initially rear-ended.

The WAVY report said police have not given any comments about what was found inside the suspect’s vehicle or any additional circumstances surrounding the traffic stop.

Chesapeake Trash Truck Driver Was Killed – The High Death Toll of Police Chases

Police chases claim many lives every year. A report two years ago in USA Today revealed more than 5,000 innocent bystanders and passengers in chased cars have lost their lives in police pursuits from 1979 to 2013.

Our thoughts are with the family of Mr. Harris who was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Many of the people who lost their lives were killed in their own vehicles by a vehicle that was being pursued by police.

The USA Today report noted police chases killed almost as many people as justifiable police shootings, according to official figures, which are believed to under count fatal shootings. However, the chases have escaped the national attention paid to other potentially lethal police tactics activities.

Many of the drivers involved in chases were stopped for misdemeanor offenses.

Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn restricted his department's pursuits in 2010 after four bystanders lost their lives in a three-month span. He said:

"Overwhelmingly, someone is fleeing because they've got a minor warrant, their car isn't insured, they've had too much to drink."

In some cases, emergency vehicles are involved in the wrecks. Read more about crashes involving police cars, ambulances and fire trucks here on our website.

If you have lost a loved one in a crash in Hampton Roads due to the actions of another driver, please call our Virginia wrongful death lawyers at (757) 455-0077.

Mike Snellings

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John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’mara

Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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