Mississippi Judge: Police Pursuing Motorist Partly At Fault in Crash

May 29, 2009

Special Hinds County (Mississippi) Circuit Judge William Coleman has ordered the city of Jackson to pay $400,000 in wrongful death claims stemming from a 2007 crash.

Coleman ruled that police were partly to blame for the crash that killed Alice Faye Clausell of Moss Point and injured her two daughters. The victims’ vehicle was hit by another vehicle being pursued by police.

Wrongful death lawsuits were filed by Clausell’s son, Chris Clausell, and by the administrators of Alice Clausell’s estate and her two daughters.

Coleman ordered the fleeing motorist, Alice Marie Wilson of Utica, to pay $600,000. The city of Raymond earlier settled with plaintiffs for $260,000.

Wilson was being pursued for reckless driving. The chase began in Raymond.

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