South Bend chief recommends officer’s firing in fatal crash


South Bend’s police chief is recommending that an officer be fired for a patrol car crash that killed a young mother.

Chief Scott Ruszkowski’s recommendation Friday to the city’s Board of Public Safety follows a grand jury’s decision last month not to indict Officer Justin Gorny on a reckless homicide charge in the July 20 crash that killed 22-year-old Erica Flores.

The South Bend Tribune reports Gorny is seeking a disciplinary hearing on the matter. He was driving about 90 mph while responding to a reckless motorist call when he ran a red light and collided with Flores’ car.

Flores had two daughters, ages 3 and 4.

Her family’s attorney says surveillance video shows Gorny’s siren wasn’t sounding and he only activated his cruiser’s emergency lights seconds before the collision.


Information from: South Bend Tribune,

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