Janet Lee

Janet Lee
Photo:Janet Lee, injured by a taxi partition.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

OHP Trooper rear ended by Peterbilt Truck 12/26/13

Did the Explorer/cruiser have a partition installed in it? Did the officer get struck on the back of his head by the cage when the impact occurred? Do you know how frequently officers are rendered unconscious by this type of impact? Nearly 70 Officers in ten years have died, after high speed rear-end collisions, they all have perished in the fire. My guess is - if they were conscious - their chances of getting out of the burning car would be improved. There are cases where officers have been removed while unconscious, Schechterle (AZ), Engelhardt (MA) and Russell (TN) come to mind. Thanks to the efforts of Officers such as Jason Schechterle there is a much lower risk of fire in a high speed rear end collision. However this does not address the risk of head injury from striking the partition/cage. This is not an insignificant risk. Ellen Engelhardt suffered as a quadreplegic for eight years before death. Her cruiser did not catch fire. Now with fewer fires, we might recognize this considerable risk to public safety.
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