Reading this story about the collision of two rival news helicopters over Phoenix as they were observing a police chase, I noticed this:
“The police chief said the suspect will likely face criminal charges for the deaths in the helicopter crash.
“I think he will be held responsible for any of the deaths from this tragedy,” Harris said.”
I’m aware that one can be charged with damage, injuries, or deaths resulting from the commission of a crime, but is there really precedent to charge someone with causing the deaths in a case like this? These weren’t police vehicles, and I assume that the collision was the fault of one or both of the pilots. (Certainly not of the suspect on the ground, who I doubt was even aware of their presence.)
Can they really do that, and what are the chances it would stick?