Friday, September 22, 2006


Amherst Police Department released the dash cam video from the crash that killed Shelia Pierce of Grafton last weekend. The video shows Officer Perez asking Phillip Stern about his insurance information while a second officer watched from the passenger side. Stern, who only opened his driver side window a little bit, was difficult with the officer throughout the stop and when he was asked to step out of the vehicle he refused then took off from the officer. Both officers returned to their cars and followed Stern in an attempt to stop him again. Total time from the time Stern fled the officers until the impact at Leavitt and Cooper Foster was less than one minute.

TMC NEWS has posted the dash cam video in our SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT section and will leave the video up for one week then it will be removed from our site.

We caution you before you view it that the collision is graphic and may be disturbing. To view the video: CLICK HERE


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting this and thank you to the Police Department for releasing it. I wish the video had shown Mr. Stern's actions that lead to him being pulled over in the first place.

10:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many times the public is unaware of the police officer's job and risks in attempting to protect the public's safety. Often that same vehicle is pulled over without an accident, and the incident never makes the local news papers, let alone national television news. Officer Perez and his officer showed poise under pressure, and proffesionalism. Thank you for giving the public an inside view of the pressure and intense situations that police officers deal with, even though the news media often greets and thanks them by cruel harsh retorts when they are any less than perfect.

5:40 PM  

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