Missouri family settles wrongful death suit against police

A Missouri wrongful death case filed by the family of a teenage boy killed during a police chase has settled.police car

Missouri residents John and Cheryl Cooper have settled with the Independence Police Department for $275,000 for the death of their son, Christopher Cooper. Christopher was killed by a vehicle involved in a police chase. He was crossing the street on his bike when an automobile being chased by the Independence police struck and killed him. The trial in this wrongful death case was scheduled to begin on Monday, May 3, 2010.

The man who hit Christopher, Wilfredo Pujols, was sentenced to 15 years in prison. He was charged with second degree murder, DWI, and leaving the scene of an accident.

Christopher’s mother, Cheryl, has stated that she plans to lobby for laws regulating police chases, to make them more safe for innocent citizens. Some research finds that at least 350 people are killed each year as a result of a police pursuit. Many more are injured.