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15 year old killed after police chase in fatal accident

A 15-year-old Fruitland boy died Thursday night in a car accident after he was chased by local police. Police attempted to pull him over after he made a "number of traffic violations" according to Salisbury Police Chief. The young boy fled in a 1998 maroon Ford Contour. The chase ended around 10:15 p.m. when the car struck a utility pole. The boy did not have a driver's permit.

The next steps of the investigation will likely center on the why police decided to chase the young boy. Maryland State will evaluate the two officers for their actions on that night. The officers have been placed on paid suspension, where they will remain until the end of the investigation. Depending on the investigation, the family may decide the police officers acted negligently in their actions and they may pursue a wrongful death action.

The key means of determining what caused the accident and the action that the officers took, are the interviews with the police officers, as well as any dashboard cameras or calls to other officers. At the same time the department is also waiting for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore to determine what caused the boy's death.

Salisbury police have a policy for when officers can pursue a car, allowing for two general categories. The first is if officers believe the driver is drunken or under the influence of drugs. This also applies to when drivers fail to stop after being involved in a fatal or very serious accident. The second situation permits officers to chase vehicles if they believe the drivers are trying to avoid arrest for a serious felony. It is undetermined if the officers reasonably believed this was the situation and what consequences may result for the officers and family members of the victim if investigations find otherwise.

Source: Delaware Online, "15-year-old Md. boy killed in crash after chase identified," March 11, 2013

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