Lawsuit could be filed on behalf of man killed during police chase

Posted at: 02/21/2013 12:17 PM
Updated at: 02/22/2013 9:27 AM
By: WNYT Staff

ALBANY – The County could face a lawsuit in the case of a bicyclist run down last year in a horrific accident.

A notice of claim has been filed on behalf of 45-year-old Paul Merges.

The state worker, and father of two, was killed in November while riding his bike in Albany.

Police say he was hit by a truck during a police chase and was tangled up in its roof rack.

He stayed trapped for the rest of chase, which went through several parts of Albany and Schenectady Counties, and reached speeds of nearly100-miles-an-hour.

The driver, 39-year-old Pablo Cruz was charged with vehicular manslaughter, DWI and violating parole.

Albany County Attorney Tom Marcelle says this is Cruz’s fault, and not the county's fault.