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Judge dismisses wrongful death suit against Franklinton police

Posted June 10, 2009 10:51 a.m. EDT
Updated June 10, 2009 3:16 p.m. EDT

— A judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the town of Franklinton and its police department in relation to an officer-involved wreck that killed two sisters.

Superior Court Judge Shannon Joseph issued a ruling this week granting a summary judgment to the town, police officer and his superiors.

Linsay Lunsford, 18, and Maggie Lunsford, 9, were on their way home from a Wal-Mart shopping trip on Dec. 1, 2007, when, Guy Christopher Ayscue slammed his car head-on into theirs.

Both girls and Ayscue died in the wreck.

Franklinton police officer Michael Dunlap was pursuing Ayscue at the time of the collision. According to a Highway Patrol investigation, the 15-mile chase reached speeds of up to 90 mph, 35 mph above the posted speed limit.

Gene Edmundson, an attorney representing the Lunsford family, said his clients plan to appeal Joseph's ruling. He also said the family has reached an undisclosed settlement with Ayscue's estate.