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The widow of a Highspire motorcyclist claims her husband might still be alive if police in Highspire and Steelton had broken off a high-speed chase of another driver in June 2012.
Instead, Deborah M. Kisic contends in a lawsuit, that driver, , sped through three East Shore municipalities before slamming into her husband Gregg's cycle at North and Main streets in Middletown.
Gregg Kisic's left leg was severed in the crash, and the 51-year-old died from his injuries three weeks later.
Henderson, 27, of Steelton, pleaded guilty in August to third-degree murder and an array of other charges and is awaiting sentencing by a Dauphin County judge under a plea agreement that will send him to state prison for 8 to no more than 12 years.
Deborah Kisic, meanwhile, is suing Henderson and Steelton and Highspire boroughs, whose officers engaged in the chase. She claims in her county court suit that police had no real grounds to chase Henderson through a heavily-populated area at speeds exceeding 100 mph.
The officers, or their superiors, should have ended the pursuit because the danger to the public was far greater than the benefit of apprehending Henderson, Kisic argues.
Her lawyer, Timothy A. Shollenberger, contends that police violated their own policies in not ending the chase because of the danger it posed to the public and because there was no evidence that Henderson had committed any violent crime that warranted the pursuit. The suit seeks unspecified financial damages.
Attorneys representing Steelton and Highspire did not immediately respond to requests for comment regarding Kisic's suit Wednesday.
Police said a Steelton officer began chasing Henderson after seeing his Cadillac hit a pedestrian in the 100 block of Walnut Street. Henderson's driver's license was suspended and he was behind the wheel of an unregistered and uninsured car.
Henderson sped away when the officer tried to pull him over and other officers joined in the chase. At Main and Union streets in Middletown, Henderson crashed into a vehicle carrying four people, including children, then slammed into Gregg Kisic, who was stopped at a traffic light. Henderson then jumped out of his disabled car, but was caught as he tried to flee on foot.
Testing done after the crash showed Henderson had been using marijuana, investigators said.
The fatal accident occurred less than a month after Henderson was paroled from the county prison after serving time for a 2009 case where he pleaded guilty to fleeing police. Besides the murder case, he also has pleaded guilty to assaulting a girlfriend, stealing at least ,000 from his employer, and a drug possession charge.
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