Family of fallen APD officer suing funeral home, motorcycle escort

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The family of an Austin police officer who died while escorting a funeral is suing the funeral home and the transportation company that manages the escorts for wrongful death.

On Sept. 1, 2016, Officer Amir Abdul-Khaliq, 46, was on his motorcycle on Burnet Road when he was struck by a driver who turned in front of him. Police say there was a gap during the procession and the driver, Ana Prado, thought she could make it in time.

Abdul-Khaliq died two days later at the hospital. Prado was charged with driving with a suspended license.

The suit states the Austin Peel and Son Funeral Home, Inc. failed to adequately train their employees and failed to take adequate precautions in the planning and execution of the procession. The lawsuit states the route taken was "negligently planned and executed." 

The other defendant named in the lawsuit is Round Rock Motorcycles Escorts LLC., which was the company Abdul-Khaliq was working for at the time. 

"There's really not much we can say until we see the lawsuit," said a spokesperson at Round Rock Motorcycle Escorts. "We want to be really cautious how we handle this because it involves the death of an officer." 

Abdul-Khaliq was a motorcycle officer who worked with the Austin Police Department for 17 years. His family is seeking more than $1 million. 

KXAN reached out to the funeral home for a comment but have not received a response. 

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