Family’s Viral Exposure

What happens when a tragedy reaches the internet.

CHP Officer Exposes Catsouras Family Tragedy

CHP Officer Exposes Catsouras Family Tragedy On the night October 31st, 2006 in Orange County, California a young girl named Nikki Catsouras was going 100 mph in her father’s Porsche 911 Carrera and crashed into concrete toll booth killing her instantly.

We can only imagine how devastated the family felt experiencing such a tragedy. To make matters worse, they were soon receiving anonymous emails with pictures of Nikki’s body taken by the CHP Officers at the scene. These photos spread to over 1,600 sites, in 50 countries.

Shocked and hurt, the family pressed charges claiming the officer at the crime scene was liable for the release of the photos of their now daughter.

The Family sued the CHP, but a local judge dismissed the case. However, on Feb 1st 2010 the Califonia Court of Appeal reversed the judge’s dismissal. Ending a 4½-year court battle that rewrote state law, on January 27th 2012 the case was settled with the family receiving $2.375 million. The settlement was announced by the CHP.
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Things to Know Before Your Teen Gets Behind The Wheel:

Teen DrivingMany of you have teens who are almost driving age. Before giving them the keys are you sure you’ve given them simple yet important driving instructions, like these:

  • Reducing your speed when there is bad weather.
  • Increasing the distance between you and the car in front of you.
  • Keeping your eyes on the road, meaning less time on the phone and cd player.
  • Lowering the volume of the music, which could distract you from whats going on around you.
  • Giving your self enough time to travel, that way there is no need to rush and therefore reason to speed!

We advise parents that you let your teen drive with you in the car at least once a month. This could give you a sense of what kind of driver your teen is, what habits have they picked up, and which one of those habits can be fatal to them in the future. In Nikki’s case her parents were not home when she took her dad’s car keys. So being actively involved with your teen can sometimes be the difference between life and death.

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