Court jury in Vista, CA, has found a California Highway Patrol
officer partly to blame for a crash that severely injured four
family members. The jury has yet to determine the amount of damages
to be awarded.
found that CHP officer Richard Hedgecock had been negligent in
the way he handled a 1996 traffic stop on Highway 78 near San
Diego. Hedgecock directed a speeding motorist to stop in a highway
motorist was stopped, a pickup truck veered into the median area
and struck the Toyota Camry. One Camry passenger suffered permanent
brain damage as a result of the crash. Three girls in the vehicle
also were severely hurt, but have since recovered.
was found to be 45 percent at fault for the crash, and the pickup
driver was 55 percent at fault. The pickup driver is not part
of the current litigation.