The last thing we expect from those serving in law enforcement is to breach the public’s trust. In northern Texas, that trust has allegedly been breached. Two former Benbrook officers are at the center of a lawsuit involving a hit and run. One of the victims, Jeff Panfil, filed the lawsuit after having suffered injuries in the crash and is requesting damages of at least $100,000. The two officers, Sgt. Chad Peabody and Det. Jason Montgomery, were both off-duty at the time of the accident according to the suit.
Peabody and Montgomery struck Panfil’s vehicle with their own, then supposedly fled the scene on foot. A police report has revealed that a red Dodge vehicle ran a red light before striking the victim’s car. Four people were in the vehicle that was struck. Two were treated on-site while a third was taken to a hospital. Panfil’s attorney believes that alcohol may have played a role in the accident due to the police report suspecting the same. The two officers have yet to be charged and the investigation is ongoing.
Hit and runs are not only negligent, but also dangerous. If you have been the victim of a person leaving the scene of a crime and have suffered injury as a result, contact the J. Gonzalez Law Firm of McAllen at 956.630.6700.