Husband To Sue NSW Police After High Speed Crash
The devastated husband of a Sydney woman who remains in a coma after being T-boned by a speeding cop car is planning to launch legal action against NSW Police.
Gai Vieira was critically injured in the collision at a Cronulla intersection on September 5.
Her two-year-old grandson escaped unhurt. Police later confirmed the highway patrol car was travelling at 124 km/h in a 70 zone without flashing lights or sirens when the crash happened.
The officer was, at the time, chasing a driver allegedly using their mobile phone.
Ms Vieira's husband, Bert Vieira, on Tuesday vowed to launch legal action to force NSW Police to change the way they conduct pursuits.
"I don't know what legal action will be taken but we will take it," he told AAP.
Mr Vieira said he would leave it to his lawyer to determine the scope of any civil lawsuit.
He's said NSW Police needs to be "hurt" before the organisation will change.
The grieving race horse owner understands police have to pursue violent offenders at speed.
But he argues when it comes to a driver using their phone the risk of harm to the community outweighs the benefit of making an immediate arrest.
"I drive to work every day in this city, people are always on their phones, smoking cigarettes, drinking coffee in their cars, what happens if you chase them all?" he told AAP.
"My life is lying in a coma. I don't think it's worth it."
Mr Vieira said he was shocked the officer involved had not faced criminal charges almost two weeks after the crash.
"Police have their rules and we have ours," he said.
"We have to stop all that. Before we finish we will get all the right answers."
Mr Vieira, choking back tears, revealed he was only speaking with the media because the "rules have to change".
Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy late last week said the incident was "regrettable" and police were taking it very seriously.
"Officers do not wake up in the morning thinking they're going to be involved in crashes," he told reporters in Sydney.
"We don't want this to happen and we want the community to be safe."
A critical investigation team is investigating whether it was reasonable for the police car's lights and sirens to be off.
Mr Vieira is pleased the local council is considering installing traffic lights at the intersection where the crash occurred.
"When my wife wakes up - and she will wake up - she will be so happy those lights are there to protect her family and every family in Cronulla."