Auto accident, family nightmare

On Halloween in 2006 18-year-old Nicole Catsouras of Orange County, CA, was killed in a gruesome car accident. If that weren’t awful enough, photographs from the accident scene ended up all over the Internet, thanks to a couple of highway patrol dispatchers who decided to leak them.

On the night of her death, Nicole Catsouras took her father’s Porsche without permission and was driving at dangerously high speeds. She hit another vehicle then crashed into a toll booth. The damage was so extensive that the Catsouras family was not allowed to view Nicole’s body following the accident. Soon after photos began to appear online.

The Catsouras family sued the California Highway Patrol for invasion of privacy. At first the lawsuit was dismissed because it was believed nothing illegal had taken place, but in 2010 the decision was reversed. The Catsouras family recently settled the lawsuit and is still working to get the photographs off the Internet, a likely impossible task.