Palm Springs Man, 81, Dies After Being Hit by Cop Car in Pursuit of Possible Traffic Ticket

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An 81-year-old Palm Springs resident died yesterday morning, 12 weeks after being placed in a hospice for injuries suffered when a cop car rammed into him, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

Frank Muxella was riding his motorized chair on a sidewalk near the 1400 block of South Congress Avenue in Palm Springs a little before 2 p.m. on July 31, according to a PBSO vehicle homicide investigation log.

Meanwhile, Palm Springs Police Officer Nathan Allen Jr. was "operating his radar and watching traffic" driving in the opposite direction of Muxella on the street, which has three lanes in both directions.

When Allen found a car to pull over, he flipped on the lights and sirens.

At the same time, Muxella started crossing the street.

At that point, the cop car hit Muxella, causing "critical injuries" and forcing him into hospice care, according to the sheriff's office.

Muxella was in the hospice for 12 weeks before dying just after 7:15 a.m. yesterday.

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I bet the speeder still got a ticket.  Revenue first, flattened coots can wait their turn. 


As a West Palm Beach Wrongful Death Attorney, I have initiated many lawsuits against police departments for injuries and death that have resulted from the negligent operation of patrol vehicles. The police departments are government agencies and they do have a claim to sovereign immunity. Sovereign immunity is a judicial doctrine that prevents the government or its political subdivisions, departments, and agencies from being sued without its consent. In cases of negligence and wrongful death, the government allows a claimant to sue and recover up to a maximum of $200,000. Before October of this year, the limit was $100,000.

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i hate cops hiding behind trees with their damn radar guns trying to catch someone going a few miles over the speed limit. I can't remember the times I see them speeding along the roads obviously not going anywhere in particular. Probably to the donut shop.

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