The widow of Thomas Michael DeLise has filed a lawsuit against the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) after her husband was killed during a police chase that occurred on January 8, 2019. FITSNews reported that as SCSO deputy Benjamin McAbee attempted to pull over a vehicle being driven by Alan Dixon, the 21-year-old did not stop but instead, ran a red light in an effort to get away. McAbee began chasing Dixon and was later joined by seven other SCSO employees including three supervising deputies.
According to the lawsuit, “the vehicle pursuit occurred across approximately 14 miles of interstate, highway, and two-lane undivided roadways in both commercial and residential areas, with vehicle traffic ranging from light to moderate to heavy at various times.” The suit also says that at some points during the pursuit, vehicles were traveling well over 100 mph. Deputies were also accused of running 10 stop signs/red lights while chasing Dixon.
The tragic incident involving DeLise occurred when Dixon along with deputies trailing behind him ran a red light at the intersection of WO Ezell Boulevard and West Blackstock Road and collided with four vehicles. Thomas DeLise’s vehicle was one of the four. Sadly, DeLise, a husband and father of two, died as a result of blunt force trauma. After the incident, Dixon was charged with hit and run resulting in death, failure to stop for blue lights resulting in death, and several other charges associated with the crash. He was later sentenced to 12 years in prison, says Fits News.
Wrongful Death Lawsuits are Filed
In October 2019, Jacqueline DeLise filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Dixon. Then in May 2020, the widow filed another suit against the SCSO. The lawsuit alleges DeLise was killed “as a direct and proximate result of the negligence of SCSO employees. “The lawsuit goes on to accuse the officers of failing “to comply with South Carolina law which requires officers to constantly evaluate the level of danger caused by the pursuit with the need to catch the suspect and to terminate the pursuit immediately when the danger outweighs the need to arrest.” The news source says that after the pursuit was investigated, it was determined by a panel that “each of the seven deputies violated a SCSO safety rule.”
In the lawsuit, DeLisa is seeking at least $2.1 million claiming Thomas Delise’s beneficiaries suffered and continue to suffer “economic loss, loss of companionship, grief and sorrow, mental anguish, and emotional distress.”
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