BALTIMORE, April 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- MurphyPA announced the filing of a 5-count civil lawsuit claiming Baltimore City Police Officer Timothy Everett Beall, (whom reportedly resides outside of Glen Rock, PA), and the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore are responsible for the wrongful death of 27-year-old former Towson University Student, Haines Holloway-Lilliston, formerly of Camden, NJ, in July 2010. The lawsuit alleges Officer Beall defied an order to break off a high-speed chase that led far outside Baltimore City limits before he rammed his police cruiser into back of Holloway-Lilliston's motorcycle on the exit ramp from Beltway 695 at Dulaney Valley Road. Holloway-Lilliston died of massive internal injuries as a result of the crash. Officer Beall chased Holloway-Lilliston believing he had been involved in a "speed contest" on Interstate 83 with another vehicle.
The suit quotes from a Maryland State Police "Detailed Crash Investigation Report," which concluded that Officer Beall "failed to maintain a safe following distance when his vehicle collided into the rear of the motorcycle driven by Mr. Lilliston …." The Maryland State Police report also concluded that Officer Beall's "explanation or account of the collision could not have occurred as it would defy the laws of physics."
"A minor traffic offense, such as speeding, should not have led to a high speed chase that crossed jurisdictions and resulted in the death of Haines Holloway-Lilliston," said William H. "Billy" Murphy, Jr., founding partner of MurphyPA.
The suit, filed on behalf of Holloway-Lilliston's mother, Connie Holloway-Johnson, states that her son's death was the result of excessive force and gross negligence by Officer Beall. "The Holloway family is hurt and disappointed in the decision not to charge the officer with a crime, and we intend to see that justice is served," Connie Holloway-Lilliston said. Holloway-Lilliston, a Towson University graduate originally from Camden, NJ was a gym teacher at Lockerman Bundy Elementary and working on his master's degree in counseling when he died.
Allegations and Demands: The lawsuit alleges violations by Officer Beall of Article 24 of Maryland's Declaration of Rights, negligence, gross negligence and negligent operation of a Baltimore City emergency vehicle. The suit demands judgment against Officer Beall and the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore in the amount of $20,000,000.00 for compensatory damages and $20,000,000.00 for punitive damages against Beall, plus interest and costs.
About MurphyPA: www.murphypa.com. MurphyPA, led by nationally known trial lawyer William H. Murphy Jr., specializes in complex civil litigation including commercial, personal injury, and class action. Murphy PA features an ethnically diverse group of attorneys with an extraordinary track record of success in jury verdicts, awards and settlements. Recently, MurphyPA has been successful in obtaining a $40 million verdict in the police brutality lawsuit, Albert Mosley v. Brian Kershaw.
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