A year ago, in July 2012, a fatal three car crash occurred in Atlanta, and allegedly involved a recent police academy graduate, according to news reports. Our Atlanta car accident attorneys are interested to see how this story will develop after one woman involved who was injured in the accident has sued the City of Atlanta over her injuries, and the family of a deceased victim also sued.
In southwest Atlanta on July 21 last year, Officer Joshua Sieck, 31 years old, was traveling westbound on Cascade Road in Fulton County, when he ran a red light and hit Jacqueline Culp’s BMW as it drove southbound on Fairburn Road. The impact pushed Ms. Culp’s car into the path of a car driven by Kenyatta White. Ms. Culp, who was 59 years old at the time, died of her injuries from the crash soon after at Atlanta Medical Center, and Ms. White suffered lower back and cervical injuries. Both Officer Sieck and Ms. Culp had to be extricated from their vehicles by emergency workers. Ms. White told investigators at the time that she saw Officer Sieck driving too fast but that she remembered few other details. “I saw the lights across the street and I looked over and the next thing I knew, there was the accident. It just happened so fast,” she told reporters. Officer Sieck himself was charged with criminal second degree vehicular homicide, which is a misdemeanor, for the accident. In March 2013 the Culp family sued the city over Ms. Culp’s death. By May, Ms. White also filed a lawsuit against the city.
Ms. White’s lawsuit claims that Officer Sieck was negligent, and because he was employed by the city, the lawsuit was filed against the employer. The lawsuit claims that Officer Sieck was acting within the scope of his duties as a city employee at the time of the accident that lead to Ms. White’s injuries. At the time, Officer Sieck was responding to a suicide call, but half an hour before it had been downgraded.