Fort Worth police sergeant was “irrational and dangerous” during high-speed driving in 2019 The pursuit that killed an innocent womanAccording to a former police officer who considered the case.
With Gordencia Konstantino Meza When sitting on a truck at a traffic light on North Main Street on Exchange Street on September 6, the truck was driven by Lewis Young III and chased by a sergeant. Martin Chazaretta — Crashed behind their car at nearly 100 mph.
The clash immediately killed Gordencia Meza. Her husband was hospitalized and underwent life-saving surgery.
The crash caused a question from the couple’s family Fort Worth Police Station Tracking Policy, If it was followed, and if it needs to be fixed.
In his quest to get an answer about what happened that morning, Meza’s son, Chris, Hired lawyer Jim Baudouin has filed a lawsuit against Young and the city of Fort Worth. Chris Meza is a River Oaks police officer.
But last month Tarrant County District Court Judge Kimberly Fitzpatrick She dismissed the proceedings because she did not reveal. Baudouin said he would challenge Fitzpatrick’s decision. Court of Appeals Will be on his side.
The judge’s decision published several police reports and testimony records for the first time since the wreck. These documents include an affidavit by Robert C. Moore III. Former Richland Hills A police officer who has been involved in his pursuit. He reviewed reports and interviews from the Fort Worth Police Department and gave expert opinion on what happened that afternoon.
“This chase should never have started or should have ended soon,” Moore wrote. “The young man was not suspected of a particular crime and had no unresolved warrants about him.”
Baudouin said the ministry has come to the point of accepting some responsibility, but he is totally disappointed with their response.
“When I read their actual tracking report, they didn’t want to say,’Our guy got messed up,’ but then they talk. It’s cost-to-profit, but that said, I don’t think you’ve done anything wrong, “Bodfin said. “You chased a man 100 mph, and do you want to tell us it’s reasonable?”
The Fort Worth Police Department did not immediately respond to the request for comment.
Pursuit of stockyard
Officer Benjamin Wright has been complaining for several days about a woman robbing her home. Sabine Place ApartmentsIt is located at 1200 blocks of Terminal Road, just north of the Stockyard.
On the day of the crash, residents of the complex told Wright that they saw a woman get Inside the white truck.
Wright found a truck that matched that description idling at a nearby gas station around 10:30 am. According to court documents, police officers had no reason to stop the driver, so they tracked the truck until the driver gave a red light.
After stopping the driver for a traffic violation, Wright walked to the truck, but said he stayed near the passenger seat door because the windows were colored and he couldn’t see inside. Young opened himself when he knocked on the door. Young was known to have been involved with a woman in the passenger seat.
“He looked back at me and I immediately recognized the driver as Lewis Young III,” Wright wrote in the report. “I asked him if he had a driver’s license and insurance. He said no. I told him I knew who he was. “
Wright said he just wanted to talk to Young and wasn’t arrested. He knew that irrelevant robbery arrest warrants were being processed for Young, but did not know at that moment whether they were completed.
But before they speak Young closed the door and took off.. Wright sent wirelessly to dispatch the driver’s departure, but he opposed chasing because Young was driving on the other side of the road. Mr. Baudouin said it was against policy for police officers to chase others against traffic.
At the same time, Young headed south on North Maine, Sgt. Martin Chazaretta (who was nearby) began chasing him.
According to police investigations, Moore wrote in his affidavit that the chase lasted 72 seconds. This means that the average speed is 90 mph. However, Chazaretta testified that the chase lasted only 50 to 60 seconds, which would increase the speed to 108 mph, Moore wrote. That, coupled with time and place, made tracking dangerous, and Chazaretta should have stopped tracking, Moore said.
Baudouin said he was disappointed with Doublespeak in the division. Officials said the crash “struck a melancholy tone” in the department, but the responsibility lies solely with Young.
“The police officer was a few seconds behind him,” Baudhuin said. “If Young was driving recklessly, the police weren’t doing well. Admit that No. 1 has no reason to chase a man and No. 2 doesn’t chase Main Street at 100mph.”
Baudhuin said the officers of the day broke the policies of about nine divisions. Although he doesn’t blame Wright head-on.
“My only criticism of him is that he’s listening to the radio and doesn’t say’I know who this guy is’,” Baudfin said.
If a police officer knows who Young is, has his plate number and vehicle description, and he does not want a violent crime, Baudouin should not chase Young as a department policy Said.
“Chazareta made so many assumptions that follow-up reports blamed adrenaline, but Chazareta said he was calm,” said Baudfin.
Lawyers claimed that Chazareta knew that his decision to chase Young was dangerous, and at this point he was only chasing a man who had left the transportation stop. Chazareta did not know if Young had an unresolved warrant.
During his testimony, he testified that he would not have chased Young if he had not stopped the serious crime. However, according to the document, Assistant Robert Chief Oldledge admitted that it was not a suspension of serious offenses.
While talking to reporters, Baudouin said he wanted to reveal that he was in favor of the Fort Worth police station and its officers.
“I think they messed up,” he said.
Young was charged with murder for Meza’s death. He was convicted in January 2020 and sentenced to 46 years in prison.