APD honors woman killed in crash by off-duty officer
May 15, 2018 06:42 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Five years after an off-duty Albuquerque police sergeant ran a red light and caused a crash that killed a young woman, the city and the Albuquerque Police Department honoring the victim.
A plaque for Ashley Browder was dedicated during a ceremony at the Albuquerque Police Academy Tuesday City leaders and her family were in attendance. Browder's mother, Donna, held back tears as she spoke to the crowd which included police cadets.
"No parent should ever have to bury their child. Especially because of another's reckless actions that could have been prevented," she said.
Ashley Browder was just 21-years-old and in the Air National Guard when she was killed in February 2013 while her sister gave her a ride home. APD Sgt. Adam Casaus was speeding in his work SUV, ran a red light and crashed into their car.
Browder, the passenger, was killed. Her sister was badly hurt. Casaus was fired from the department and sentenced to 90 days in jail for careless driving.
"That plaque for us is to send a message to all law enforcement officers about their responsibilities to the public, their responsibilities for safe driving and protecting the community," said Browder’s father, Charles Browder.
The plaque says Ashley and her sister were behaving responsibly while Casaus acted contrary to his mission to preserve the peace and protect the community. Ten plaques will go up in police stations around the city.
The plaques were required as part of an $8.5 million settlement after Browder's family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city. It also included additional driving training for officers and cadets.
"We strategically located them is areas where police officers will see them every day," Charles Browder said. "We want to remind them that when they go out on duty they need to be responsible and respect the laws that they're paid to enforce."
Updated: May 15, 2018 06:42 PM
Created: May 15, 2018 06:42 PM
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