The family of a teen who was killed during a Weber County police chase may sue the sheriff's deputy who was driving, the Utah Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday.
A district judge previously had dismissed a lawsuit filed by the family of Wayne Torrie, the teen who died in a 2010 crash at the end of a 99-mph police chase after he had taken the family car without permission.
On Tuesday, the state Supreme Court ruled that law enforcement officers do owe a "duty of care" to the subject of a chase, and not just bystanders. The court pointed to the state statute that allows emergency vehicles to drive exempt from normal traffic laws; the law states that the privilege does not relieve drivers of emergency vehicles of the duty to drive in a reasonably prudent way. The Supreme Court noted that the legislature didn't make any exception for fleeing suspects.