Crash victim attempts to revive suit against Seattle, judge denies motion
The lawsuit alleges that the two Seattle police units engaged in an intense pursuit, lasting about a minute, in violation of a policy that prohibits high-speed pursuits.
SEATTLE — A cash victim went to court Friday, trying to recover a lawsuit against the City of Seattle.
The case revolves around a 2006 incident when a police getaway vehicle crashed into a retaining wall in Seward Park. Channary Hor, 16 years old at the time of the accident, was a passenger in the vehicle and alleges in the lawsuit that Seattle police violated department policy and chased the vehicle she was in.
According to court documents, Hor was in a car with Omar Tammam, whom she met on May 18, 2006, when police confronted them after the park closed. Tammam tried to run away from police with Hor as a passenger and hit 86 mph before crashing. Tammam continued to run away on foot. Hor was injured leaving her quadriplegic.
The lawsuit alleges two Seattle police units engaged in a pursuit, which lasted about a minute, in violation of a policy that prohibits high-speed pursuits unless police believe a serious crime has been committed.
The city of Seattle denied its officers were involved in a vehicle chase in a test brief. The summary states that Tammam’s criminal conduct was the sole cause of the crash.
Colleen Durkin Peterson, an attorney for Channary Har, said: “They denied that they were pursuing the vehicle Channery was in.
The jury found that the officers and the City of Seattle were not liable.
In 2017, Har said there was information that one of the officers at the scene, Arron Grant, had provided false statements.
Durkin Peterson said: “Officer Grant took his own life at his home due to the testimony he provided in the Channery case, and it is known that he spoke to a number of his fellow officers. that he was pressured to give false testimony,” Durkin Peterson said.
On Friday, they reviewed what happened, with Har’s legal team going first, then the City of Seattle attorneys.
Ultimately, to Har’s dismay, the judge found no clear and convincing evidence of fraud and dismissed the plaintiff’s claim.
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