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Connecticut police release video of crash that killed two teens

Posted by lapearce on November 18, 2009

 

Screen shot of video where one police car is passing the other. Note the speed is 66mph

This is a horrible situation.  On June 13 of this year a police dash cam recorded a crash between another police car and a vehicle with two teens in it. The two cruisers were driving over 70mph in a 40mph zone without lights or sirens and while they were not responding to any call. The officers got to an intersection with a flashing red (to be treated like a stop sign) and flew through it without so much of a blip of the lights or a tap of the brakes. The teen driver, who likely assumed that the approaching cars would stop like they were supposed to or who was unable to judge the distance at that speed, turned in front of one of the police officers and was t-boned.

 

Ashlie Krakowski and David Servin, both 19 years old, were killed in the crash. Now, six months after the crash, questions are finally being answered and justice is being served. The police officer who hit the teens has been charged with two counts of second degree manslaughter and the other police officer is being investigated as well. I hope he loses his job.

This horrible tragedy reminds us that we never know what may happen on the road. Who would expect an officer in charge of protecting, serving and enforcing laws would blatantly break them and take two lives in the process? How many times do you enter an intersection thinking that the other cars are going to stop like they are supposed to? The road is full of surprises and unexpected events can happen at any time.

My deepest condolences to the families of the young adults killed in the crash. To everyone else: please, be safe and aware out there.

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One Response to “Connecticut police release video of crash that killed two teens”

  1. Lauren,

    I totally agree with your assessment of the issues. Reliance on the other driver to do what he’s supposed to do, and not being able to judge the closing rate of oncoming traffic traveling at highly excessive speeds. We had a tragedy here in Phoenix a few weeks ago when a teen driver, at excessive speed, ran into(under) a school bus that turned in front of him.

    I duplicated the situation on our simulator, and it graphically shows why “Speed Kills”. We are now using the driving scenario in our programs to emphasize two points: the need to pay attention to oncoming traffic at all times, and the huge danger of driving too fast for the road conditions (blind driveways, intersections, etc).

    I put it on YouTube, but you’ll have to put up with my feeble attempts at commentary if you watch it.

    The school bus initiates the turn when the approaching vehicle reaches a specific distance away each time. The only difference is the approach speed. The results blew me away when I drove the 75mph approach speed. The driver loses any ability to react at high speed.

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