Family of motorcyclist who died in police collision files lawsuit

The family of James Bush has filed a lawsuit against police over the fatal collision that killed.

- A lawsuit has been filed by a family whose son died in a motorcycle crash with a police car.

The crash happened on Old Eight Mile Road when the St. Clair Shores officer collided with the motorcycle last July. The driver, James Bush, died from his injuries.

His family says they want accountability for what happened part of the reason they've filed a lawsuit.

On a dash cam from the St. Clair Shores police officer's car, a van without headlights passes. The police car makes a u-turn to pursue it, the officer turns into the path of Bush.

At the request of the family, FOX 2 will not show the impact.

"It's clear from the video that there is less than a one second timeframe for my client to take evasive action," said attorney David Femminineo. "It's a complete disregard for everyone's safety on the road."

After the accident the police officer calls for an ambulance then goes out to check on Bush. He was taken to the hospital where he later died.

Now, months later, the family of Bush has hired an attorney and filed a lawsuit against the officer involved in the crash, alleging he acted negligantly and wrecklessly by turning into the path of oncoming traffic. 

"A police officer clearly has a duty to not only citizens to uphold the laws, but to do so in a safe manner," Femminineo said.

Michigan State Police investigated the crash and has turned over the findings to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office. A spokesperson said it is still an active investigation.

The lawsuit was filed Monday, however the city attorney says they have not seen the lawsuit and couldn't comment.

The attorney would not say how much money the Bush family is seeking, but he did say in addition to a dollar amount they want to see accountabilty for what happened to their son.

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