Buffalo police, cruiser, crash, videotape, lawsuit
BUFFALO, NY- A lawsuit has been filed against the City of Buffalo alleging that a police cruiser blew through a stop sign, hit another car and seriously injured the other driver.
There's surveillance video that appears to back up at least part of that claim.
The incident took place nearly two years ago at the intersection of Koons and Walden Avenue on Buffalo's East Side.
There's surveillance video of the crash from a nearby business.
On the left side of the screen, a patrol car approaches the intersection and doesn't slow down at a stop sign, and then t-bones a car coming down Walden.
Looking at the tape in slow motion- the police car seems to blow past the stop sign and then hit the car driving on Walden at full speed.
It also appears that the police car's overhead lights don't come on until after the accident.
Yet the police report says that the car was "using overhead lights and siren."
Because the tape is silent, there's no way to know whether the car's siren was on.
Attorneys Steve Boyd and John Elmore represent James McLaughlin, the driver of the car that was hit. They're suing the city and looking for any witnesses to the accident.
"The tape is obvious that the lights weren't on and our client certainly could not hear any sirens, so it's very important that these witnesses come forward," Elmore said.
McLaughlin did not want to appear on camera, but in a statement said, "I was shocked when I read the police reports that indicated the police car had its lights and siren on ...it did not."
McLaughlin's attorneys say he'll need spinal surgery this summer as a result of the crash.
A spokesman for the city said it could not comment on pending litigation.