Jury: Former trooper was chasing speeder at time of fatal crash, case dismissed

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GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — A jury in Guilford County has ruled that a former Highway Patrol trooper who hit a car and killed two people was in pursuit of a speeder. A wrongful death suit filed against him has been dismissed.

Four years ago, former trooper James Goodnight was pursuing a speeder on Business 85 near Jamestown when he crashed into a car, killing 55-year-old Sandy Allmond and 11-year-old Taylor Strange.

Investigators ruled that Allmond caused the wreck, because she failed to yield when turning at River Road. However, her family filed suit against the trooper in civil court because they claimed there was no speeder to begin with.

After more than a week of testimony, the jury was tasked with answering one question: was Goodnight chasing a speeding motorist at the time of the accident?

On Thursday, they reached a decision that there was in fact a speeder.

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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