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Family of McIntosh teen killed when car hit by police cruiser files lawsuit

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Kenya Reed

The family of a McIntosh teen killed in a fatal crash with a police cruiser is filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Chickasaw and the officer who was driving the car.

Kenya Reed, 18, was a student at McIntosh High School.

Her family, a former teacher and attorneys representing the family held a press conference July 28 to announce the lawsuit. The family is represented by The Cochran Firm in Dothan and is seeking compensation on charges of negligence, recklessness and wantonness.

Reed had been at her mother’s home in Mobile for dinner on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021. She had left and was on her way back to her home in McIntosh when her vehicle was struck at an intersection by a Chickasaw police vehicle in a high-speed pursuit of a vehicle. Joseph Michael Hand was the officer driving the car.

The police cruiser broadsided Reed’s Honda Accord on West Lee Street near Interstate 65 in Chickasaw around 8 p.m. She died as a result of the wreck.

Hand was driving 96 mph in a 30 mph zone but was not injured in the fatal crash.

A Mobile County grand jury indicted him in February 2022 on a criminally negligent homicide charge. However, it was later dismissed because it was made after the statute of limitations had ended.

By all accounts, Kenya Reed was a stellar student. She was a senior and was set to be the valedictorian of McIntosh High’s graduating class of 2021. She was a member of the school’s basketball team.

The lawsuit says that Hand had a history of reckless driving while operating a police vehicle before the accident occurred. It cited a case from 2020 when he was in a highspeed pursuit in a Chickasaw cruiser and was instructed by a Saraland police officer to terminate the pursuit. He didn’t and crashed into the Saraland officer’s cruiser.

The civil lawsuit is filed in Mobile County Circuit Court and seeks an undisclosed amount for damages to be determined by a jury following a trial.

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