One man was killed after a Monroe County Sheriff’s Office patrol car struck the man’s car.
The family of the victim, Randal Graft, filed a lawsuit against the deputy operating the patrol car, Deputy Scott Ward, and Sheriff Bob Peryam.
Florida Wrongful Death Act was cited by Fort Lauderdale attorney Thomas Buser in the lawsuit emphasizing that Ward had allegedly failed to “exercise reasonable care” and was “negligent” in the crash.
The lawsuit also involves Adventure Rentals and the manufacturer citing that they failed to advise renters adequately and thoroughly that electric cars should not be driven on roadways with speed limits greater than 30 mph.
Sheriff Peryam was included in the lawsuit for he is “vicariously liable” for the actions of Ward.
A citation of Ward with regards to careless driving was dropped as there were no witnesses to the crash that had appeared in court.
54-year-old Randal Graft from North Huntington, Pa., was driving southbound alone inside the electric car on the right lane on the Boca Chica Key bridge at about 7:41 in the morning of May 29, 2011 when he was rear-ended by Ward who was heading to Higgs Beach in Key West for patrol.
On June 5, 2011, Graft later on perished at Ryder Trauma Center in Miami.
Contributory factors such as alcohol and drugs were not found but Ward was reportedly looking at the criterion-referenced assessment computer when the accident happened and was reported to be traveling 59 mph in an otherwise 55 mph zone whilst Graft was merely going on 20 mph.
Patrol car camera was able to video the accident where it shows that the electric car was a little out of it’s lane and Ward was not able to notice Graft. It was already too late when Ward saw him.
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