On Monday, March 1st, a news report revealed that two people died following a failed PIT maneuver in Whitfield County. The events leading to the incident, which happened on Thursday, February 25th, began with a police pursuit.
According to the Georgia State Patrol, 25-year-old Zachary Lumpkin traveled south in the northbound lane of Georgia State 3 in a red Ford Ranger. He was fleeing from a Whitfield County Sheriff’s car with blue lights and sirens activated at about 7:45 p.m.
Lumpkin had with him a 20-year-old male identified him as Shadow Stanley. The police said Deputy Christopher Hicks performed a PIT (Pursuit Intervention Technique) maneuver. He struck the Ranger’s right rear with the left front of his patrol car.
The impact caused the truck to spin clockwise, and it slid sideways onto the west shoulder of the roadway. The Ranger went airborne, and the driver’s side struck a utility pole before overturning, killing both occupants.
The GSP is continuing the investigation into the occurrence. There’s no additional information at the time of this report.
In a successful PIT maneuver, the pursuing officer can send the car into a spin and end the chase. But if done wrongly, it can have deadly consequences. However, it is rare, and when it happens, the police investigate if the officer involved carried out the technique rightly.
They will look at the officer’s training, the speed they traveled at, and electronic stability controls. If they find evidence that points to negligence, the officer will face disciplinary actions.
In such instances, the victim’s family can sue for wrongful death or personal injury depending on the case’s facts. It would be best to bring the lawsuit with the assistance of an experienced Georgia car accident attorney.