Originally Posted by jers99lt
You don't specify who the SOB is here and I don't see any proof of a speeding biker. The car that caught the video, I assume a LEO, made a VERY sweeping right turn, almost into the oncoming right turn lane. Almost 2 lanes over.
It looks to me that the biker was compensating for the LEO's poor turn and tried to go to the left and the LEO hit him trying to get back into the right lane.
Just my $0.02,
It is quite clear that the LEO is completely in the oncoming traffic turn lane (notice the paint on the road) therefore his intent was to hit the biker which is why when the biker swerved to his left, the LEO who had first come to a complete stop then speed up while turning hard to the right to T-bone the biker and exclaimed, "I hit him." The result is a 31 year old female passenger who gets to learn how to talk again among other things and a costly lawsuit. Disagree with me as you wish... however think they should string him from the highest tree.... and had the rider of the bike been solely at fault I would say the same for him..... however, yes I do hold trained government employees paid with my tax dollars and entrusted to serve and protect to a higher standard for the aforementioned reasons and the fact that their poor decisions cost us all and for one young lady much, much more.
I can't imagine that being my daughter....... my .02
Watauga police deny wrongdoing after officer's car hits motorcycle in chase
08:07 AM CST on Saturday, December 8, 2007
By DEBRA DENNIS / The Dallas Morning News
Watauga Public Safety Chief Rande Benjamin on Friday denied any wrongdoing by his department after the release of a police dash-cam video showed one of his officers colliding with a motorcycle he was chasing.
The Aug. 25 collision injured the motorcycle driver, Derek Muzquiz, 25, and his passenger, Cynthia Arredondo, 31, of Fort Worth. Mr. Muzquiz spent a week in the hospital. Ms. Arredondo remains in a Tarrant County rehabilitation center recovering from severe head trauma.
Video: Watauga officer chases motorcycle
Video: Chase ends when motorcycle collides with Watauga police cruiser
Officer William Allen has been identified as the officer who swerved into the motorcycle. He was suspended for 60 days after the crash for violating department policy. Another officer at the scene, who has not been identified, was suspended for 15 days by Chief Benjamin.
"There is nothing to cover up here," Chief Benjamin said. "There's nothing criminal here as far as we know. No one from the DA's office or the state [Texas] Rangers have contacted me."
David Montague, a spokesman for the Tarrant County district attorney's office, said Friday that his office has an evading arrest charge pending against Mr. Muzquiz, who remains free on $2,500 bail. The charge was filed by Watauga police, Mr. Montague said. He declined to comment on any other possible probe.
According to police, Mr. Muzquiz was driving south on U.S. Highway 377 around 10:30 p.m. that August night when he allegedly ran a red light and was pursued by the unidentified Watauga officer.
As Mr. Muzquiz turned east onto Chapman Road, he was then pursued from the opposite direction by Officer Allen.
The video, which was released earlier this week after an order from the Texas attorney general's office, shows Officer Allen driving into oncoming traffic and into the path of the black and blue 2006 Suzuki motorcycle.
Mr. Muzquiz and Ms. Arredondo are tossed onto the street.
"I hit him," Officer Allen is heard saying on the video.
The officer who started the pursuit appears a few seconds later and is overheard saying to Officer Allen: "What were you thinking?"
Chief Benjamin declined to comment about the video, saying the city has been notified that a lawsuit may be forthcoming.
Mr. Muzquiz could not be reached for comment.
His attorney, Ed McKinney, declined requests for an interview.
In addition to her severe head injuries, Ms. Arredondo also suffered a broken arm and leg, according to her aunt, Margaret Burcie of Fort Worth.
"She's learning to talk again," Ms. Burcie said. "She's also trying to get her strength back. It's slow. We're concerned about getting her healthy again so she can start her life."