The Cook County Sheriff’s police are accused of removing the clothes and photographing a DUI crash victim on the side of the road in plain sight of onlookers without justification. Jessica Mejia was killed in a car crash on New Year’s Eve 2009 near Oak Forest. Her ex-boyfriend, Nicholas Sord, is charged with reckless homicide and DUI. Sord allegedly had a BAC of .236 when he drove his Mercedes SUV into a pole. He is currently awaiting trial on the criminal charges.
The family of Jessica Mejia filed the suit against the police, claiming severe and extreme distress due to the inappropriate photos that were taken on the scene. The family seeks more than $200,000. The Cook County sheriff’s department denies the allegations.
Suit: Cops took nude photos of DUI crash victim, suntimes.com, December 30, 2010