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Family upset as officer makes bail hours after arrest

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Memphis family is outraged after the police officer charged in the death of their matriarch made bail hours just after his arrest.

On the night of March 29, a police cruiser slammed into Stephanie Montague's car. She died instantly, and her teenage passenger was critically injured.

The officer driving the cruiser, Mark Weatherly, and his partner were treated for non-critical injuries.

The accident report says Montague failed to yield to the right of way as she made a left onto Rangeline Road.

But the family says it wasn't her fault. A sign near the scene of the crash read "Limited sight distance, 35 m.p.h."

Police have not confirmed Weatherly's speed, but say he was responding to an emergency at the time of the crash.

But Montague's family is outraged, insisting the officer is receiving preferential treatment.

On Friday, Weatherly was booked for vehicular homicide and two charges of aggravated assault.

"This guy killed my auntie and he gets released the same day. $7,500...he's out of jail?" said Josh Paul, Montague's nephew. "We just want the Memphis Police Department to just be honest and be truthful, and let him be shown, and treat him equal as they would anybody on the street."

Montague's sister, Tomika Williams, says the family plans to fight the case to the end.

"We can't get her life back, but we're going to get justice," she said.

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