New information has come to light regarding an unfortunate incident where
an officer with the Arizona Department of Public Safety lost his life.
According to authorities, there may have been specific reason for the
car accident that took his life.
According to allegations, the driver of the 18-wheeler who hit the officers
patrol car was engaged in risky behavior at the time. He is said to have
been looking at his phone instead of paying full attention to the road.
The case files, totaling 600 pages, contend that the driver’s cellphone
flew from his hand during the initial impact of the crash. Video from
an in-dash camera shows that the driver was on Facebook looking at provocative
pictures of women right before the collision. This goes against the driver’s
earlier statement to the police. When first interviewed, he told them
that his employer strictly forbade the use of cellphones while driving.
He also asserted that he always followed that policy, including at the
time of the incident.
However, the video shows a wallet that appears to be placed directly in
front of his vehicle’s in-dash camera. The police search warrant affidavit
says that this was intentional and was meant to hid the driver’s face
and body from the camera.
His cellphone records indicate that he was viewing women with minimum attire
when he lost control of the 18-wheeler. The result was disastrous. In
addition to the fatal blow to the officer, who had been at his patrol
car computer, several other cars were hit as well.
He currently faces 20 felony charges. Those include a charge of second-degree
murder due to the death of the officer whose patrol car was struck.
Car accident cases often have a lot of details to research. Those who are
injured in a car accident or who have lost a loved one due to another’s
negligent actions deserve compensation. Claims may be made for pain and
suffering, medical expenses, lost wages and other damages. A Phoenix personal
injury attorney can help you understand your options in a
personal injury or
wrongful death case.