BALTIMORE (WJZ)—A police chase leaves a Towson graduate dead. Now the victim’s family is suing for millions of dollars.
Weijia Jiang has details of their case.
The family of Haines Holloway-Lilliston, 27, says they’re confident his death could have been prevented.
The Towson graduate was killed last July when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a Baltimore police cruiser.
“I’m distraught, out of my mind,” said Connie Holloway-Johnson, victim’s mother. “Constantly just can’t keep myself together.”
On Wednesday, his mother spoke about the horrific crash for the first time—moments after filing a $40 million wrongful death lawsuit against the officer behind the wheel.
It claims 10-year veteran Timothy Beall aggressively chased Holloway-Lilliston’s bike along the Jones Falls Expressway from the city to the county, trying to catch him for speeding.
They wrecked at the Dulaney Valley Road exit.
The family’s attorney says Beall was not only out of his jurisdiction, they say he was violating a strict no-chase policy despite orders to stop.
“For some reason, after he acknowledged the order to stop, he kept on,” said William “Billy” Murphy, family’s attorney. “He was at the wrong place at the wrong time doing the wrong thing to our client.”
The family is also suing the mayor and City Council since Baltimore owns the patrol car.
Even if they win in court, Holloway-Lilliston’s family says nothing can ease the pain of losing him.
“I spoke to Haines several times any given day,” said Quincy Holloway, victim’s brother. “Not to have that any more is traumatic.”
“He was my youngest son, and he was a great guy. So much future, so much promise, so much everything for him going,” said Connie Holloway-Johnson.
The police department does not comment on pending litigation.
The state police crash report says Holloway-Lilliston did not have a motorcycle license and the bike was registered to someone else.
Last year, the Baltimore County state’s attorney determined he would not pursue charges against the officer.