WAVE 3 News obtained a copy of the letter sent to Bearden's parents that was signed by James Adams. It reads as follows:
"On May 22, 2010, I was involved in a motor vehicle accident that resulted in the death of a beautiful young lady, Sarah Bearden. At the time of the accident I was traveling at a speed that made me contributorily negligent when Sarah's vehicle turned in front of me. At that time I did not believe I bore any responsibility for this tragic and unfortunate accident.
Since that time, however, I have been involved in a lawsuit against me brought by Sarah's parents. During the course of that lawsuit, I have learned that my speed was a contributing factor to this tragic accident and I am profoundly saddened by the loss of Sarah Bearden.
That lawsuit has now been resolved and I have been relieved of a tremendous burden on me and my family. However, I will never forget this accident and Sarah's unnecessary, untimely death. It is a memory which will probably haunt me throughout my lifetime.
My purpose in writing this letter is to caution other motorists, particularly police officers, to be careful in the manner in which they operate their motor vehicles when not responding to emergency calls and to obey all posted speed limits. As police officers, we are sworn to protect the lives of the citizens in our community and all of us take this oath very seriously. To do otherwise would be contrary to that sworn obligation.