Tuesday, November 25, 2008

POLICE OFFICERS INVOLVED IN CRASH

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Elyria – Two Elyria Police Officers responding to an Armed Robbery at the Red Roof Inn Monday night were involved in a crash on Route 57 at Bell Ave.

Troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol who were called to investigate the crash say the Officers were northbound on Route 57 with emergency lights and sirens activated. The Officers, both in one car, attempted to cross Bell Ave when they collided with a small pick up truck.

LifeCare Ambulance Paramedics treated the driver of the truck and transported him to Elyria Memorial Hospital with non-serious injuries. Both of the Officers refused any treatment or transport. A LifeCare Wheel Chair Van received minor damage during the collision. The driver of the van also refused any treatment or transport.

Troopers say that at the time of the crash the Officers had a right light and although they did have the emergency lights and sirens going, they did not drive with “due regard for safety.”

Troopers say the Officer driving will likely be charged.

13 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Ohio Gestapo would give there own mother a ticket, and enjoy it.

7:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If an Officer is going Lights and Sirens and everyone else at that intersection stopped then how can an officer be charged for failing to have due reguard for safety, when the emergency vehicle has the right of way?

10:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will tell you why. Having lights and siren operating does not give you the automatic right of way. It is simply a request for it. If the officer had a red light he MUST stop, ensure all vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrains see and acknowledge his request to continue through the intersection against the red. It is then and only then the emergency vehicle may pass through, which should only be at a low rate of speed, which isnt hard since their vehicle should have been stopped to begin with. Even with the green and lights/siren, intersections should be approached and traveled through with caution. People tend to freak out when they see an emergency vehicle. The vehicle that struck him, traveling on the green, did not see him in time as the officer was moving through the red.

2:18 PM  
Anonymous Heather said...

I am curious as to why the officer is being charged. I am thinking there are some facts missing here. If anyone can explain it to me I would GREATLY appreciate it.

2:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While responding to an Emergency, even if you have lights and sirens going, you have to yield at intersections where you have the red light. Part of the Emergency driving training, whether it is Police, Fire, or EMS, you have to give "due regard" to the other drivers. Sadly, a lot of people don't hear sirens or see lights for whatever reason (loud radio, cell phone, etc.) and things like this happen.

2:31 PM  
Anonymous Heather said...

Thank you for answering my question. Although I still cannot understand how you do not hear or see them coming. I must say I have rarely seen police, fire or EMS slow down or stop at red lights. So not only is it a civilians job to pay attention it is the driver of the emergancy vehicle too.

3:15 PM  
Anonymous rlm-Lorain said...

I am one of those drivers who does not always "hear" the sirens of emergency vehicles. I have a heariing impairment (I can only hear out of my right ear), and even when I CAN hear them, I cannot tell from which direction they are approaching, because to me, all sound is coming from the right side. Although I drive very cautiously because of this, I am always a little nervous that something like this could happen to me. Until I actually see an emergency vehicle, I am at a disadvantage as to their impending approach.

5:41 PM  
Anonymous Heather said...

Thats the point you say once you do hear them you become cautious and once you see them you do what is neccesary. I just dont understand how people claim that they neither saw nor heard them. Those are careless drivers. Please do not think I was trying to insult those with impairments.

7:17 PM  
Anonymous James said...

I was a min to late to the intesection to see this. me and my boss were on our way back from droppin off a truck and went down 57 to see 3 cops cars come crusing by at really high rates of speed in the rain slash snow than we see another one spun around and a ranger flipped on its side. the other cops were moving way to fast for the weather and the robbery was already over and done with you know he got away like normal..

8:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You should see the way some of those OSP troopers drive!!!! One of them cut me off on the highway the other day with NOO lights or siren even on!

9:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Although the streets were wet, the crash wasn't a result of weather. Its my understanding that Officers were given an alert tone on their radios, because of an ARMED Robbery. To me, that means a gun or weapon of some sort was used or brandished. Just becasue the robber exited the red roof inn doesn't mean he wasn't still in the general area, with that gun or weapon. I still would want police to continue to respond lights and sirens in an attempt to surround or track the robber. Officers still need to be cautious. After all, they are called accidents, and cops are human too.

9:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do not think the officer should be charged. I dont understand how people dont hear nor see emergency vehicles. I was on lake ave in front of the police station heading to foster when a police car on lake heading toward the broad st area with lights lost control and almost hit me. The police car came across several lanes when the officer went around the corner and lost control. Thank God the officer hit the curb by the pole in front of the police station instead of me. This was march of this year. I think EPD needs to retrain their officers on emergency driving.

6:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dont think that the officers that were involved should be charged.its not right that people dont pull off or yeild to officers or even lifecare drivers. the person that didnt yeild should be charged.the officers were only trying to protect and serve which is their job right.

6:40 PM  

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