The father of a man killed when his motorcycle ran into a police car during a high-speed chase cannot collect damages because his son shared most of the blame for the crash, the Utah Supreme Court has ruled.
The justices upheld a 3rd District Court jury's verdict dismissing Darrell Kelson's wrongful death claims against Salt Lake County and Deputy Sheriff Perry Buckner.The case arose from the death of Darin Kelson, the motorcyclist who was killed while being pursued at high speed by Salt Lake County lawmen.
Buckner had pulled his car into an intersection against a red light to block Kelson's path.
The jury found that the county and Buckner could not be held liable because Kelson was 75 percent responsible for the accident.
Utah liability statutes provide that a party who is more than 50 percent liable cannot recover damages.