DOCUMENTS: Family of Fircrest Man Killed By University Place Deputy in Car-Moped Crash Sues

The wife and two adult children of Dale Neel are seeking relief from damages from Pierce County, the Sheriff's Department, the City of University Place and Deputy Jason Smith.

Earlier this week, the family of a Fircrest who was struck and later died following a last year filed suit.

The family of Dale Neel is seeking damages in a lawsuit that names Pierce County as the main defendant, along with the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, the City of University Place and Deputy Jason Smith, who was driving the patrol car.

Linda Neel, Dale Neel's wife of about 40 years, along with his two grown children, Matthew Neel and Ruth Moye, argue in a suit filed Thursday that Smith was negligent in his driving, and Pierce County and University Place "were negligent in failing to establish reasonable and safe response procedures and were further negligent in failing to properly and aquately train, supervise and enforce" them among their employees, including Smith.

I've attached a copy of the family's office complaint in the media gallery. Click on each page to read it. It provides a full scope of how the family alleges that Smith, Pierce County and the City of UP were negligent.

Also, check out the story Stacy Mulick wrote for The News Tribune, which also reports that the Tacoma Poice Department is handling the investigation.

Patch will have more on this story later.

Brent Champaco April 09, 2012 at 08:19 PM
A horrible situation for everyone involve, including the family and the UP deputy.


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