FAYETTEVILLE – A Fayette County man is suing a patrolman and the Oak Hill Police Department for allegedly initiating a car chase that claimed the life of his teenage son.

Stephen G. Endicott, as administrator of the estate of Philip Franklin Endicott Jr., filed a lawsuit Feb. 1 in Fayette Circuit Court against the City of Oak Hill, the City of Oak Hill Police Department and Patrolman Joshua Jones, both individually and as a police department employee.

According to the complaint, Jones issued a ticket at 2 a.m. Jan. 31, 2015, to the 15-year-old boy driving a car in which Philip Endicott and others were passengers. About an hour later, Jones saw the same car with the same underage driver, and turned on his lights while he pursued the vehicle. In trying to outrun the officer, the suit says the car’s young driver lost control, running into a guardrail and killing Endicott.

Stephen Endicott seeks a jury trial and damages in an amount to be determined at trial. He is represented by attorney Anthony J. Sparacino Jr. of Beckley.

Fayette Circuit Court case number 16-C-18(H)

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