Former trooper wrongful death trial underway in Guilford County

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GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. -- Four years ago, a state trooper pursuing a speeder on Business 85 near Jamestown crashed into a car, killing two people. Now, the victims' family is suing the trooper in civil court.

The trial against former trooper James Goodnight started Monday.

Wednesday, sheriff's deputies shut down a stretch of Business 85 so jurors could see first-hand where 55-year-old Sandy Allmond and 11-year-old Taylor Strange were killed back in 2010. Two other children in the car were also seriously injured in the crash.

Investigators ruled that Allmond caused the wreck because she failed to yield when turning at River Road. However, her family claims Goodnight should be held financially responsible, because he was driving over 100 mph seconds before the crash.

Goodnight resigned from the Highway Patrol after the accident. He's currently a deputy with the Guilford County Sheriff's Department.

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