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Parkersburg PD not part of crash team investigation

Collision under investigation

August 24, 2013

PARKERSBURG — Officials say the investigation into a collision between a police cruiser and a civilian vehicle is ongoing. The collision occurred after 10 a.m....

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JoeBobAcabra

Aug-24-13 7:54 AM

I drove past the crash scene and noticed that the red-blue lights on the wrecked police cruiser looked dimmer than the lights on other emergency vehicles nearby. It looked like an old light bar. Could this have been a factor? It got me looking and have seen old faded lights on some other PD cars.

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MissMM

Aug-24-13 9:08 AM

Mr. Wharton and the crash team work too closely with the department to be considered impartial. They need to excuse themselves and have the state police and a special prosecutor investigate to be truly impartial. If those on the crash team have ever worked with a department officer then their impartiality can be questioned in civil or criminal courts.

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GPettit12

Aug-24-13 11:47 AM

Give the public servant that failed to maintain control of his vehicle a 30 day suspension and when he reports back to work send him to a self defense driving course to save the people who pay his wages from harm.

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Fatman

Aug-24-13 1:10 PM

I see a big law suit against city suspend the city policeman. Council take it upon yourself to make it a policy all city employees talking on cell phone must have hands free device.

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Fatman

Aug-24-13 1:16 PM

Still no awnser on why patrolman was coming from Vienna when he works at phs. And where was the other police that was on duty .

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Fatman

Aug-24-13 2:34 PM

I don't see why people are aginst hand free devices. I drive over 120,000 miles a Year I would never drive without using one.i think safety should come first we as a city need to lead by example.

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denver

Aug-24-13 6:18 PM

"Fatman" who said the patrolman was coming from Vienna?

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Fatman

Aug-24-13 7:48 PM

He was heading away from Vienna article said he had lights on when crossing lakeview dr.phs is not in Vienna at least it wasn't when I went there and car made a right turn out of lakeview plaza that he hit in rear end.

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BakerKat

Aug-24-13 8:18 PM

I don't think anyone wants the 1st responders to use hands free devices just because we are supposed to use them. If it is safer for the rest of us who mostly drive normally - it would darn sure be safer for 1st responders trying to weave in and out of traffic at high speeds. I personally think if it is safer for us it is safer for them.

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RANDOM21

Aug-24-13 8:43 PM

What we have here is a failure to communicate. What happened to the high speed foot chase that Officer Miller was responding ? Is there a mass murderer on the loose in Parkersburg due to the assisting officer getting involved in a crash? The initial chase hasn't been resolved or was it? What heinous crime was it?

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AaronS

Aug-25-13 7:06 AM

"Give the guy that pulled out in front of this officer his ticket and call it case closed."

Give the guy who got hit a ticket?

Seriously?

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denver

Aug-25-13 7:09 AM

"Fatman" where was Home Depot - Parkersburg at the last time you went there?

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AaronS

Aug-25-13 10:09 AM

Drivers Ed? That's been a few years ago and to be honest, I'm not sure if they covered it or not. I know they covered it when my son took drivers education because I had to correct their mistake.

Contrary to what DA's will tell you, the law does not require you to immediately pull over, stop or do any action that is unsafe. There are numerous directives in the WV Code but they all include verbiage that instructs a driver to act 'when it is safe to do so.' And regardless of the directive, there is one key phase included in the WV Code relating to authorized emergency vehicles.

"This section shall not operate to relieve the driver of an authorized emergency vehicle from the duty to drive with due regard for the safety of all persons using the highway."

Anytime a vehicle strikes another vehicle n the rear, due regard for safety has been neglected.

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denver

Aug-25-13 11:04 AM

From what "Fatman" wrote, the Grand Am pulled out in front of Officer Miller!

And "AaronS" who ever told you "Anytime a vehicle strikes another vehicle n the rear, due regard for safety has been neglected" didn't know what they were talking about!

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AaronS

Aug-25-13 12:17 PM

I saw no reference of pulling into the center lane being a moving violation in the WV Code. Sec. 17 C Article 7 (2) Upon a roadway which is divided into three lanes a vehicle shall not be driven in the center lane which is clearly marked as a left turn lane except in preparation for a left turn or where such center lane is at the time allocated exclusively to traffic moving in the direction the vehicle is proceeding and is signposted to give notice of such allocation.

That's the only reference to a turning lane. The lane in Vienna is not allocated exclusively to one direction. It's used in both directions and one of the uses for the center lane is that vehicles crossing 2 lanes of traffic from a business can get in the center lane, stop and wait for a break in traffic so they can safely merge into moving traffic.

What NO ONE can do, including LEO's, is drive in a center lane. If the Police Officer were driving in the center lane, he was in violation of the law.

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Fatman

Aug-25-13 12:26 PM

Denver where did I say he pulled out in front of the police.i still don't understand why he was coming fom Vienna when he was suppose to be at phs working. Maybe we need to check into this, what ever happened to suspect that other officer was chasing on foot.sounds fishy to me.

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Fatman

Aug-25-13 12:35 PM

Lets fix this for good fire officer,police chief,and recall mayor and this great city of parkersburg will become great again.

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AaronS

Aug-25-13 12:35 PM

"who ever told you "Anytime a vehicle strikes another vehicle n the rear, due regard for safety has been neglected" didn't know what they were talking about!"

Really. It's a staple of law enforcement accident investigation, the automotive insurance industry and in motor vehicle safety training.

There can be no doubt that, generally speaking, when a car, in broad daylight, runs into the rear of another which is stationary on the highway and which has not come to a sudden stop, the fault is in the driving of the moving car.

(Rintoul v. X-Ray and Radium Industries Ltd., [1956] SCR 674 at 677).

Seems it's been established law decades. Don't take my word for it though Denver. Do the research yourself and find out that EVERYONE associated with this type of accidents would say your statement is based in ignorance.

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denver

Aug-25-13 2:38 PM

He was heading away from Vienna article said he had lights on when crossing lakeview dr.phs is not in Vienna at least it wasn't when I went there (and car made a right turn out of lakeview plaza that he hit in rear end.) "Fatman" Sounds to me like you said he pulled out in front of Officer Miller!

And now "AaronS" is trying to change what he wrote to make it right! You wrote "ANYTIME a vehicle strikes another vehicle n the rear, due regard for safety has been neglected"

I'll stand by my reply

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Fatman

Aug-25-13 2:51 PM

Denver please get some glasses or learn how to read city ends on grand central before Home Depot so if he crossed lakeview dr he was coming from Vienna article said he left phs to help officer in foot chase that is wrong direction from phs.seems like he was lost or wasn't where he was suppose to be let's have someone check that out.

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AaronS

Aug-25-13 3:11 PM

Statically speaking, 99.2% of all rear end collisions are the fault of the driver in the rear. That's close enough to anytime for me. Every source says Denver remains ignorant.

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AaronS

Aug-25-13 3:11 PM

Statically speaking, 99.2% of all rear end collisions are the fault of the driver in the rear. That's close enough to anytime for me. Every source says Denver remains ignorant.

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Fatman

Aug-25-13 3:46 PM

Soarwitheagles13 read article police chief Martin said he left phs to assist office in foot chase so why would he be coming from Vienna.still no one can say what happened to suspect in foot chase also if he is closet officer to that area and he has to leave phs than where are all the other cops maybe at the donut shop.city police needs to get together and get their story straight this is another embarrassment to parkersburg I guess when you have a clown for mayor you would have employees who are afraid to tell the truth.city will be in for Hugh lawsuit all juries will have to do is read paper.

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denver

Aug-25-13 4:40 PM

Fatman where does Officer Miller live and where does it say he left PHS in this article

As for "AaronS" now its 99.2%! Like "soarwitheagles13" wrote (you post what fits YOUR argument) which I've known for a while now, and you call somebody else ignorant! OK

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Fatman

Aug-25-13 5:00 PM

Martin said in article miller left phs to heip with foot chase.they couldn't catch suspect anyway our officers couldn't run if their life depended on it maybe to donut shop.

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