$260 million awarded following innocent man’s death in police chase

James Williford
James Williford

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A family of an innocent man killed during a police chase has been awarded $260 million, but it could be some time before the family sees any of it.

James Williford died in a crash at Ben White and Pack Saddle Pass in June of 2012. Reynaldo Hernandez crashed into Williford’s car while in a stolen truck running from police. He was convicted of murder last year and sent to prison.

But if he ever gets out and earns a living, he’ll have to pay Williford’s family. The victim’s wife, Esther Soanes, says police should change their policy when it comes to chases, “James did not have to die. He was an innocent victim.”

After today’s ruling, family members gathered outside the courthouse, releasing balloons in Williford’s memory.

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