Survivor of Chevy Chase Circle Crash Sues Police
Reeco Richardson, 18, is seeking $10 million in damages from the Montgomery County Police Department.
The sole surviving victim of a car crash on Chevy Chase Circle is seeking $10 million in damages from the Montgomery County Police Department for allegedly causing the accident, The Washington Post reports.
The suit, filed on behalf of 18-year-old Reeco Richardson, charges that a police cruiser rammed into the Toyota Echo he was riding in on March 23, leading it to collide with a tree and catch on fire.
Passengers Emanuel Demitrius Nelson, 16, and Tyree Dayon Nelson, 14, died on the scene, while driver Reynard Osman, 16, succumbed to injuries sustained during the crash on March 28.
Police have maintained that none of the department's vehicles came in contact with the Echo during the incident. Moments before, an officer had begun pursuing the car southbound on Connecticut Avenue after a check of its license plate indicated it was stolen.
Richardson, who was later charged with the theft of the Echo, alleges that the police pursuit was improper given the nature of the suspected crime. The suit asserts that he suffered fractured ribs and emotional damage from hearing his friends scream as they burned to death.