MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - The City of Memphis is getting sued over a deadly crash involving a former MPD officer.
The wrongful death lawsuit stems from an accident that happened last August. A Memphis police officer and another car collided, killing a mother and her 13-year-old daughter and severely injuring the father.
The maximum they can get from the city is $700,000, which is set by state law for an accident involving city workers.
"We can't go back in time, we can't punish the officer. All we can do is ask for money," stated Thomas Greer, the attorney representing the family. "In this case you have two people who were killed and lost their lives. You had Mr. Ross who had $1 million in medical bills, so the amount of money available to this family is not enough to compensate for their loss."
The lawsuit claims officer Alex Beard was speeding, without lights or siren, while responding to a non-emergency call and ran a red light, hitting the car with 13-year-old Mackayla Ross and her parents, Dolores Epps and Michael Ross. Mackayla and Epps were killed. Ross was in The MED for four months.
"It's not so much an accident; this is an officer who knew what the rules, policies and procedures were and violated them. He broke the rules and he ruined a family," Greer said.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Michael and Mackayla Ross by Michael's daughter and Mackayla's half sister. She's the conservator of the estates. Greer is hopeful this lawsuit will not become a lengthy court battle.
"They terminated the officer's employment, which is a good sign to indicate that they will accept responsibility and offer the full amount of damages in the case."
The city has 30 days to respond to the lawsuit.