Severely Burned Arizona Police Officer
Schechterle v. Ford Motor Company
March 26, 2001, Officer Jason Schechterle of Phoenix,
Arizona responded to an emergency call when his Crown
Victoria Police Interceptor (CVPI) was struck from
behind. Upon impact, the cruiser erupted in a fireball
trapping Officer Schechterle. He suffered burns to
more than 40% of his body, particularly his face and
torso. He has since undergone more than 100 surgical
Perry & Haas settled this personal injury
lawsuit against the Ford Motor Company for the gas
tank design defects of the Crown Victoria Police Car
on behalf of Officer Jason Schechterle.
In addition, Perry & Haas has settled seven
major cases around the country regarding the Crown
Victoria: Juan Cruz (Arizona Highway Patrol), Skip
Fink (Arizona Highway Patrol), Deputy Steven Agner,
Lake County, Florida, Juan Rivera (Massachusetts),
Deputy Jeff Davis, Columbia County, Florida, Officer
Patrick Metzler, City of Dallas, Texas, and Officer
Jason Schechterle, City of Phoenix, Arizona.
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