$40 Million Lawsuit Against Baltimore City Police Officer For Deadly Crash
April 6, 2011
BALTIMORE, MD.–Murphy PA files a civil lawsuit against Officer Timothy Beall and the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore City for death of 27-year-old Haines Holloway-Lilliston.
Baltimore, April 6, 2011: Murphy PA announced the filing of a 5-count civil lawsuit charging Baltimore City Police Officer Timothy Everett Beall, who resides outside Glen Rock, PA, and the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore responsible for the 2010 death of 27-year-old Haines Holloway-Lilliston formally of Camden, NJ. Holloway-Lilliston died of massive internal injuries after the motorcycle he was riding was hit from behind by Officer Beall. The suit alleges that Holloway-Lilliston was involved in a "speed contest" on Interstate 83, when Officer Beall engaged in a multijurisdictional high-speed pursuit where he hit Holloway-Lilliston's motorcycle from behind on the exit ramp from Beltway 695 at Dulaney Valley Road.
The suit identifies the fatal collision investigation performed by the Maryland State Police, which included a collision reconstruction and alleged statements by Officer Beall regarding the crash. The Maryland State Police also issued a "Detailed Crash Investigation Report" which concluded that Officer Beall's "explanation or account of the collision could not have occurred as it would defy the laws of physics."
"A minor traffic offense, such as speeding, should not have led to a high-speed chase that crossed jurisdictions and resulted in the death of Haines Holloway-Lilliston," said William H. "Billy" Murphy, Jr., founding partner of Murphy PA.
The suit, filed on behalf of Holloway-Lilliston’s mother, Connie Holloway-Johnson, states that her son's death was the result of excessive force and gross negligence by Officer Beall. "The Holloway family is hurt and disappointed in the decision not to charge the officer with a crime, and we intend to see that justice is served," Connie Holloway-Lilliston said. Holloway-Lilliston, a Towson University graduate from Camden, NJ, was a gym teacher at Lockerman Bundy Elementary and working on his master's degree in counseling when he died.
Allegations and Demands: The lawsuit alleges violations by Officer Beall of Article 24 of Maryland's Declaration of Rights, negligence, gross negligence and negligent operation of a Baltimore City emergency vehicle. The suit demands judgment against Officer Beall and the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore in the amount of $20,000,000.00 for compensatory damages and $20,000,000.00 for punitive damages, plus interest and costs.