• Story alerts
  • Letter to Editor
  • Pin it

A woman who was injured during a police pursuit by San Diego police officers that resulted in her boyfriend's death has filed a claim against the city, a precursor to a lawsuit.

Angelica Sanchez was riding on the back of her boyfriend's motorcycle in Serra Mesa in March of this year when the pursuit occurred.

Sanchez’s boyfriend, William Flores, ran a red light at the intersection of Pinecrest Avenue and Murray Ridge Road at around 9:30 a.m. Officers witnessed the violation and attempted to pull Flores over. But he refused to stop. Instead he pulled onto Interstate 805 and rode south with his girlfriend Sanchez holding on.

Not long after, several police cruisers joined in the high-speed pursuit. Flores lost control of the motorcycle while attempting to exit the freeway in National City. His motorcycle collided with a concrete barrier, sending Sanchez airborne. Flores died at the scene of the accident. Sanchez broke her arm and pelvis and injured her back.

According to the claim, submitted on September 13, the pursuit was "wrongfully initiated" and put Sanchez, her boyfriend, and the greater public at risk. The claim estimates the damages to Sanchez are more than one million dollars.

Sanchez’s attorney, Christina Denning, has represented families of those who have died during high-speed chases in California. Most notably, Denning represented the family of a man who died after his car was struck by a person fleeing from police in Riverside County. In that case, Rosemary Morgan et. al. v. Beaumont Police Department, an appellate court found that the Beaumont Police Department had failed to inform its officers on the policy of police pursuits. By doing so, the appellate court decided, the city could be held liable.

Denning wrote about the decision in a July 2016 op-ed in the Times of San Diego.

The city has until mid-December to accept or reject Sanchez’s claim.

  • Story alerts
  • Letter to Editor
  • Pin it

Comments

JustWondering Nov. 8, 2017 @ 5:35 a.m.

Is it unreasonable to expect Flores to stop his motorcycle to a lawful action by police. No, in this case Sanchez and her attorney want you to believe they had a right to drive through a red light, drive for miles at high speed through residential, and freeway roadways all the while ignoring the cops red lights and sirens.

Driving and using public roadways is a privilege, not a right! Pulling over to a lawful stop when police officers display a red light is a requirement of the privilege. Besides killing himself, Flores endangered and then injured his girlfriend. What this story doesn't tell us is why Flores was fleeing the police. Was he wanted for another crime? Was he licensed? Did he carry insurance? Or was it worse? There is no doubt he was an arrogant ass who believed he was indestructible and could outrun the police on his crotch rocket? Did he even care about the safety of his passenger? Of course not. Had he cared for his girlfriend he would not have jeopardized her safety, nor put others at risk too.

Some may argue the cops should have discontinued the pursuit. That's a false argument which would only lead to chaos. If we are unwilling to enforce our laws where does it stop?

Finally, I suspect Sanchez is looking for the deep pocket payday. I have no doubt her attorney thinks this way too. Taking no responsibility for her own choices in life, she wants the taxpayers to make her whole and support her. I pray a jury will not penalize the taxpayers for the arrogant and irresponsible actions of a thug.

1

BankerHillMason87 Nov. 8, 2017 @ 6:13 p.m.

The thing is, the alleged criminal's passenger had no control. The police had an obligation to protect her as well as any other person. What danger did the gentleman pose that was worth putting her life at risk?

0

JustWondering Nov. 9, 2017 @ 3:53 a.m.

So you must believe she was forced against her will onto the motorcycle?

Of course she had a choice. Her choice was to be with a thug. You see, in real life there are consequences to all of our, or in her case, choices.

What I tire of is people refusing to accept responsibility for THEIR decisions.

No, friend, the police had a DUTY to protect innocent citizens who didn't know either one of these people. She, on the other hand, knew exactly who he was and what he was capable of. In this case she and her attorney now want the taxpayers to pay for her decision to get on the motorcycle driven by a thug, knowing full well he would jeopardize her safety to avoid responsibility for his unlawful acts.

1

AlexClarke Nov. 9, 2017 @ 6:40 a.m.

Well said. It is really simple. The police "light you up" you have a choice 1. Comply and pull over or 2. Run away. I do not know of anyone who has not at one time or another felt that they where stopped for no reason. There is a whole huge legal system available to address those situations where one believes they have been wronged by the police. If you want to live you should always comply and live to sue another day.

0

boemac Nov. 9, 2017 @ 12:19 p.m.

She should be looking at filing a claim against Flores estate. Oh, that right he has no money. Have to look for another free meal ticket.

0

Sign in to comment

Let’s Be Friends

Subscribe for local event alerts, concerts tickets, promotions and more from the San Diego Reader

Close