We often hear about car accidents involving one or more civilian vehicles, but it’s the crashes involving police officers that are fewer and farer between.
But this past weekend, one such accident occurred in Mesa.
A Mesa police officer’s unmarked patrol car slammed into another car, killing an elderly woman this past Saturday night.
Deborah Cowley, 58, was driving her mother, Maxine King, 81, near 1600 S. Crismon Road in east Mesa around 11:30 p.m.
Cowley was southbound on Crismon in a four-door 2010 Chevrolet Cavalier and attempted to make a left-hand turn onto the eastbound onramp to the US 60. Cowley failed to yield to oncoming traffic and turned in front of the officer’s cruiser, which was northbound on Crismon. The officer’s name has not yet been released, but his vehicle struck the Chevrolet Cavalier on the passenger side door.
The officer was transported to Desert Vista Hospital for neck pain and bruising on the right side of his face, but was later released. Cowley was transported to Scottsdale Osborn Hospital with non-life threatening injuries and lacerations, and also complained of chest and back pains.
Mesa fire crews had to cut Cowley’s mother from the car. King was transported to Desert Vista Hospital where she was pronounced dead from severe injuries to her head and body. It did not appear Cowley was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
In this instance, the Mesa Police Officer was not at fault for the accident. But, if an accident involving a police officer ever does occur where the investigation determines that the deputy was at-fault, the victims can file a claim against the Police Department seeking compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of physical therapy, rehabilitation or other related damages.
If that day ever comes (we hope it doesn’t!), an experienced personal injury lawyer will stay on top of the official investigation and make sure that the victims’ legal rights and best interests are protected.
This post was intended to provide general information only and is not intended as specific legal advice. You should not rely upon this information alone, but should consult legal counsel regarding the application of the laws and regulations discussed and as applied to your specific case or circumstance.