Metro police sued by victim's family over car chase crash

Posted at 1:36 PM, Sep 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-18 14:36:23-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The family of a bystander killed in the crash of a car being chased by officers in downtown Nashville is suing the police department.

Arkansas State University senior Corey Joseph Taylor was visiting Nashville last year when he was hit and killed at 1st Avenue and Gay Street.

Metro Police said then 17-year-old Nafarious Howard was trying to escape pursuing officers in a stolen car when he drove up onto a curb and hit Taylor.

The lawsuit accuses Metro Nashville police of being partially at fault because they chased Howard at high speeds on a busy street. The crash happened one block from the nightlife hub of Broadway Street.

Police say they chased Howard for about 30 seconds. Howard is charged with felony murder.

NewsChannel 5 has reached out to Metro Police for comment.