Trooper sued for leaving scene after fatal pursuit

The family of a man who was killed in a car crash is suing the Tennessee state trooper who was pursuing the victim before his death.

Kyle Anito, 20, died in a crash on November 26 in North Knox County.

Now his parents, Tim Anito and Caira Garcia, have filed a $10 million dollar lawsuit against Trooper Charles Van Morgan for his actions the night Anito died.

According to the suit, Anito was speeding on Emory Road when Van Morgan spotted him and began pursuit. Anito turned on to Andersonville Pike, where he eventually crashed into a tree.

The suit claims that the video in Van Morgan’s patrol car shows that the trooper arrived at the scene of the crash seconds after it happened.

The suit also alleges that “this is not the first incident of negligent and/or reckless misconduct by Trooper Van Morgan, nor is it his first pursuit resulting in a fatality.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol confirms that Van Morgan has been recommended for termination, but by law, is allowed minimum due process before action is formally taken. Therefore, he is on discretionary leave with pay. They will not comment on whether or not Van Morgan’s status is related to this incident.

http://www.tennessean.com/article/20120201/NEWS03/120201010/Trooper-sued-leaving-scene-after-fatal-pursuit?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

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