PENSACOLA, Fla. (WALA) - UPDATE 4/5/2010: An Escambia County, Florida judgehas released his report into the death of a 17-year-old boy. Thejudge determined there was no evidence that the officer committed acrime.
The state attorney's office will review the judge's report andmake a final decision.
UPDATE 2/25/2010: Dash cam video has been releasedin the deadly accident.
It's been nearly five months since 17-year-old Victor Steen waskilled when he was run over by a police cruiser. Thursday, acoroner's inquest begins, and the family is hoping they will havethe answers to their lingering questions.
Stuffed animals and a white painted bike now sits at the spotwhere Steen was killed.
Back in October, the teenager was riding his bike home whenPensacola Police say Officer Gerald Ard tried to pull him overbecause he seemed suspicious. When Steen refused to stop, OfficerArd followed him and tried to tase him. Steen pulled the bike intoan empty parking lot. That's when he fell in front of the cruiserand was killed.
His mother, Cassandra Steen, is still looking for answers as towhat happened the night her son died.
"I really feel like I'm stuck in a bad dream," she said.
Thursday, Ms. Steen and the public may finally have some answersas to what happened.
"In cases involving deaths where law enforcement is involved,most offices around the state either present it to grand jury orthey present it to a coroner's inquest. The reason we use acoroner's inquest is because it's a public proceeding whereeverybody can attend. The media also attends. It's reported withinthe public. That way the general public knows everything about thecase," Assistant State Attorney Greg Marcille said.
Dashboard video along with other evidence will be turned over toa judge. That's something Steen's mother said she cannotrelive.
"I couldn't even describe it. Every time we had watch the clipof my son laying underneath that patrol car, that crushed me toknow the fear he went through that night," she explained.
The state attorney's office said this is the only way to findout who, if anyone, is at fault.
"We don't take a side, we simply present all evidence. The courtwill ask questions, anybody that has information regarding thesituation will testify. After the close of all the evidence, thejudge will consider and make a determination as to whether or notthere's probable cause to believe that a crime was committed. Andif the judge does find that a crime was committed, who wasresponsible for that crime," Marcille said.
The state attorney's office will then use the judge's findingsto make a decision on whether to press charges.
The inquest will begin at 8:30 a.m.
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