Fri 24th Feb | 2023

UPDATE: Clark Fountain Obtains Significant Confidential Settlement After Riviera Beach Police Chase Claims Life of 18-Year-Old Woman

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Update: Only one day after Attorney Jennifer A. Dinetz conducted a press release demanding justice for the death of 18-year-old D’Asia Monroe, the City of Riviera Beach called to settle the matter.  Ms. Monroe was horrifically and tragically killed as a direct result of a high-speed chase by the Riviera Beach Police Department’s veteran Sergeant Tabitha Smith, which resulted in the teenager’s vehicle plummeting to the bottom of a canal, causing her to drown.

Dinetz’s press release responded to the Interim Police Chief Joshua Lewis overturning the independent internal affairs’ investigation which found that Sgt. Smith had violated the department’s vehicle pursuit policy which caused the child’s death. Due to her investigative work and persuasive conveyance of the evidence, Dinetz was able to obtain a significant confidential settlement for Ms. Monroe’s surviving family.

Access the Original Press Release: 

Riviera Beach Police Chase Claims Life of 18-Year-Old Woman, Family Retains Clark Fountain’s Jennifer A. Dinetz

Following a 100+ mph high-speed police chase that claimed the lives of 18-year-old D’Asia Monroe and her boyfriend, surviving family members of Ms. Monroe retained attorney Jennifer A. Dinetz to investigate. Dinetz determined that the chase at speeds of more than 100 mph through multiple intersections on a main traffic thoroughfare was a blatant violation of longstanding department policy and was the direct cause of a crash into a canal resulting in the drowning deaths of two teenagers. An internal affairs investigation by the Riviera Beach Police Department initially reached the same conclusion, but then retracted its own finding.