Erica Flores, 22, was killed when her vehicle collided with police patrol car in South Bend, Indiana.
On July 20, 2018, police officers communicated over the radio about a van speeding through a patrol area. Officer Justin Gorny, who was two miles away, began driving toward the speeding van without activating his sirens and reached speeds of 98 miles per hour while not continually activating his emergency lights. He hit Flores’ vehicle. She died at the scene.
Flores’ family filed the suit in federal court in February 2019, but attorneys representing the city moved to dismiss the case in April of that year and the court ruled in the city’s favor in March 2020.
The Flores family filed an appeal, which was approved by appeals court in May 2021. Flores’ relatives filed a second lawsuit against the city and the officer involved in the woman’s death.
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