The mother of an Akron man killed two years ago in a high-speed crash after police say he fled officers has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit.
Merilyn Blackmon filed the lawsuit Monday in U.S. District Court in Akron. She is representing herself.
Her son, Jeffere Blackmon, 24, of Peerless Avenue, was killed May 18, 2012, after crashing a Hyundai Sonata sedan into the basement of a vacant house on East Avenue at 12:40 a.m. He died at the scene.
A spokesman said then that officers were not pursuing the vehicle at the time of the crash. They estimated Blackmon’s speed as high as 90 mph.
Merilyn Blackmon’s lawsuit against unnamed officers says the patrolman lacked probable cause to stop her son’s car, then hit his car, causing it to crash. She further alleges that officers then exited their car, looked at the damage and left the scene. She says a bystander called 911.
Akron Law Director Cheri Cunningham said that “the allegations of the complaint have no factual or legal basis.”