Suit names driver, bike companies connected to death of Greenfield police officer Will Phillips

GREENFIELD — The widow of an officer killed in a hit-and-run accident last fall has sued the driver who struck her husband, as well as the manufacturers of his bike and other equipment.

In a wrongful death suit filed this week, Lesley Phillips alleges that it was a combination of negligence by multiple parties that led to the death of her husband, Greenfield police Patrolman Will Phillips, who was cycling on U.S. 40 last September when he was struck and killed by Sue Vanderbeck of Indianapolis.

Vanderbeck fled the scene but ultimately turned herself in. She was convicted of a Class C felony and sentenced to two years’ home detention in August.

The lawsuit against her accuses Vanderbeck of “failing to keep a proper look out; failing to avoid a collision; failing to timely decelerate and brake; (and) failing to render aid.”

The suit also names two bicycle manufacturers, Giant light Bicycle Inc. and Bell Sports Inc., which designed the bike, lighting system and helmet Will Phillips was wearing the night he was struck and killed.

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