The relatives of late Georgia high school baseball coach David Pollard announced Tuesday that they are preparing to file a lawsuit against the city of Columbus for the high-speed chase that precipitated the crash that killed the legendary coach.
Pollard died of blunt force trauma following a three-car wreck at a busy intersection in Columbus, Ga. His vehicle was struck by a stolen car driven by 19-year-old William Cross which was fleeing from a police cruiser in a high speed chase. Now, his family is charging the city of Columbus with some of the blame because of the chase itself, arguing that it was both reckless and unnecessary; one of the terms of the lawsuit brought by the Pollard family is the implementation of a “No Chase Policy” for Columbus police.
“We are here today because Coach Pollard was a model citizen in our community,” Pollard family attorney Katonga Wright told CBS affiliate WRBL. “He was a husband, father, brother, son, mentor, teacher and a good friend to many people in our community. We also recognize that this could’ve been anyone.”
The Pollard family has yet to disclose the financial remuneration they may be seeking in connection with the incident, though that may indeed be secondary to their goal of creating a more lasting memory of the late coach’s memory.