Detroit sued above crash involving law enforcement SUV that killed Detroit lawyer

The daughter of a distinguished Detroit defense attorney killed very last yr after his auto was struck by a Detroit Law enforcement Department scout car has filed a $50 million wrongful death lawsuit towards the metropolis and the officer who was driving the metropolis car.

Southfield attorneys Arnold Reed and Harolyn Beverly filed the lawsuit in Wayne County Circuit Court docket versus the town and law enforcement officer Teaira Iris Funderburg.

Woodards II, 58, was a well-known nearby legal professional and radio discuss clearly show host identified for his sharp lawful techniques, wit and huge personality. He was killed about 1 a.m. on Feb. 8 when a Detroit law enforcement patrol motor vehicle responding to a ask for for backup struck his Lexus IS 250 at the Interstate 96 Support Travel and West Chicago. 

Reed and Beverly represent Woodards’ daughter, Melissa Connelly.

Connelly has confronted “mind-boggling grief and disappointment” through the preliminary exam in Funderburg’s prison case as she listened to the testimony “that squarely positioned the duty for her father’s tragic loss of life on the hands of officer Funderburg,” claimed Reed.

Funderburg was driving to a non-crisis simply call, ran a crimson mild and struck Woodards’ auto as he created his way household from Detroit’s west side, Detroit police explained earlier.