In early 2017,
Today, the 26-year-old is living with his mother in
Washington sustained severe brain injuries in a crash on
He can no longer walk unaided, has trouble forming words and can't eat or perform other routine tasks without help, said attorney
"He's going to have a very challenging life, unfortunately," Ricci said.
The agency's rules, he said, are clear. "It is the policy of this department that a motor vehicle pursuit is justifiable only when the necessity of immediate apprehension outweighs the level of danger to the community created by the pursuit," the policy states. "All other pursuits are prohibited."
Instead, after Officers
When the SUV reached
The driver of the SUV,
A judge convicted him of various charges in connection with the crash, including leaving the scene of an accident and resisting arrest. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
An attorney representing
Ricci said he is hoping the city taps its insurance policy to settle the lawsuit so Washington and his son get the money they need. He said he didn't know how much he would be seeking. "The damages exceed the policy limits which are over
If the city takes the case to trial, even if Washington wins, it could take years for him to recover any money. There is a
"It's horrific," Ricci said. "I don't see any justification for what they did."
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