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$50 million lawsuit filed after deadly crash involving MSP trooper

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FLINT (WJRT) - (07/08/14) - A well-known Detroit area attorney is filing a $50 million lawsuit less than a week after a deadly crash involving a Michigan State Police trooper.

One woman was killed and two others were critically injured when an MSP cruiser crashed into another vehicle during a chase on Flint's north side.

Attorney Geoffrey Fieger is handling the case. He says is representing the family of the the woman killed in the crash, 64-year-old Jacqueline Nichols, along with the other two victims, still in critical condition, 61-year-old Precious Cochrane and 39-year-old Robbie Head.

Fieger says he hopes to get three things from this case: For it to never happen again, justice for the victim's families and for the trooper involved to be charged.

"Beyond suing for justice, in America the only justice is money damages," he said.

That is exactly what Fieger says he is seeking on behalf of Nichols' family.

Jacqueline's son Michael and daughter Tamara spoke about their mother at Fieger's office in Southfield on Tuesday.    

"My mother was a loving, kind-hearted person. She would help a bum on a sheet and take the shirt off her back for you," Tamara said.

Their attorney blames the trooper at the wheel for Jacqueline's death.

"He began to pursue at a high rate of speed without any lights or sirens," he said.

This looks to be a major component to Fieger's case. Michigan State Police Captain Gene Kapp says the department's preliminary investigation shows the trooper did have both his lights and sirens on - but Fieger disagrees.

"Police keep acting like cowboys. Many departments across the country have forbid their officers to engage in these chases, especially for meaningless things like traffic violations," he said.

Beyond the money involved, Fieger says he wants State Police to review their chase policies and procedures.

"The dangers associated with police chases are so well known that many police departments in the country no longer engage in them," he said.

Other organizations are also voicing their opinion on the crash.

Tuesday afternoon, the Flint chapter of the NAACP sent a letter to Governor Snyder urging MSP to change their "chase policy". You can read the letter, HERE.

Michigan State Police Captain Gene Kapp tells us they are in the midst of a very thorough investigation into what happened with this crash.

We will be working to get more information as the investigation into that deadly accident continues.
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