In a terrible irony, a woman whose profession was helping people in emergency situations was killed recently here in Atlanta when she found herself at a crime scene. Nikita Thomas, a 911 Supervisor for the Atlanta Police Department, was a passenger in a car involved in a robbery, and died of a gunshot wound. Ms. Thomas was riding in an automobile driven by DeMetris Terrell. She was shot when robbers approached the car. Mr. Terrell then crashed the car into a nearby MARTA bus while trying to get away from the scene. Ms. Thomas’ 13-year-old son was in the back seat, but was not seriously injured. Ms. Terrell had been with the Atlanta Police Department since 2002.
In situations like this, Krause Golomb & Witcher can help the bereaved family by advising them as to how to file a wrongful death action and by maximizing recovery against all parties at fault. Crime victims may also be eligible for assistance from the State of Georgia Victims’ Compensation Fund.