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Family files lawsuit against driver accused of killing on-duty MPD officer

Published: Sep. 22, 2021 at 9:05 AM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The wife of Memphis police officer filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the other driver involved in a crash that killed her husband, Christopher “Scotty” Triplett.

The driver, identified in the suit as Frances Calico, is being sued for $5 million.

“She was the driver of the vehicle that turned into the procession and struck and killed Officer Scotty Triplett,” said Jeff Rosenblum, attorney for Triplett’s family and estate.

The lawsuit filed by Rosenblum says Triplett was on-duty riding his police motorcycle while escorting a funeral processional on Hickory Hill Drive when Calico allegedly made an illegal left turn striking him.

Emergency crews rushed him to the hospital where he died of his injuries.

The lawsuit also alleges Calico was a distracted driver at the time of the incident and was under the influence of medication that made it unsafe for her to drive.

“We believe she is a chronic pain patient and may have had strong pain medication in her system,” Rosenblum said. “Whatever the reason was, whether it was because she was distracted, she was impaired, or she was just flat out impatient, she turned in front of a procession. It’d be like turning in front of a funeral procession. It’s inexcusable.”

Frances Calico is charged with misdemeanor failure to yield resulting in the death of an...
Frances Calico is charged with misdemeanor failure to yield resulting in the death of an on-duty Memphis police officer, Scotty Triplett.(Shelby County Jail)

Calico was charged with misdemeanor failure to yield to a right-of-way resulting in death. She is out on bond and next due in court Oct. 5.

The lawsuit can be read in full below:

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