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'Why were you texting?': Video shows police officer driving into stopped bicyclist

'Why were you texting?': Video shows police officer driving into stopped bicyclist

Postby smix » Thu Jan 02, 2020 11:17 pm

'Why were you texting?': Video shows police officer driving into stopped bicyclist
USA Today

URL: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nat ... 853817002/
Category: Police
Published: July 28, 2018

Description: A collision between a bicyclist and a Missouri police officer has prompted an investigation as video appearing to show the crash has been viewed over a million times. A video titled "Cop Distracted by Phone Hits Me Head On" was posted to YouTube Thursday and has since been widely circulated on social media. It shows a bicyclist stopped at an intersection being struck by a police SUV labeled "Peculiar, MO" as the vehicle makes a left turn.



The footage was shot from the bicyclist's point-of-view. "Why the (expletive) were you looking at your phone, officer?" the bicyclist asks immediately after the collision. "Why were you texting?" he asks later. The video goes on to show the officer acknowledging he was using his phone but denying that he was texting. "It was my bad ... I wasn't paying attention," the officer says. The video ends with a voiceover from the bicyclist, saying he was sore but not seriously injured. He said the bike was "most likely toast." A Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report says a crash occurred on Thursday in Peculiar involving Charles Wallace, driving an SUV, and Joseph Fasanello, a bicyclist. KCTV-5 has identified Wallace as the officer shown in the video and Fasanello as the bicyclist. In an interview, Fasanello told the TV station that the officer was an "irresponsible moron." The station reports Wallace has been suspended with pay while the Missouri State Highway Patrol investigates the incident. Among the contributing factors in the crash: Fasanello had pulled up past the stop sign and the intersection itself was narrow, Collin Stosberg, of the Missouri Highway Patrol, told KMBC 9. The station reports in a Facebook post that Highway Patrol has confirmed distraction was a contributing factor in the incident.
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Distracted driving may have caused Peculiar officer to hit bicyclist, troopers say

Postby smix » Thu Jan 02, 2020 11:23 pm

Distracted driving may have caused Peculiar officer to hit bicyclist, troopers say
KCTV News

URL: https://www.kctv5.com/news/distracted-d ... 56c69.html
Category: Police
Published: July 27, 2018

Description: Troopers say distracted driving was a possible cause for a Raymore bicyclist being struck by a Peculiar police officer Thursday evening. The collision happened about 6:20 p.m. at 211th Street and Missouri Highway J. Cyclist Joe Fasanello was waiting at a stop sign when Officer Charles Wallace took a sharp turn in his department-issued SUV and hit him head-on. His GoPro camera on his helmet caught the whole wreck. He flew to the ground and was in serious pain, but later stood up. "I was struck head-on by a local police officer using his cell phone. He received a text from a fellow officer and decided to read that while making a turn onto my road. I was stopped ... there is no excuse to use your phone at the wheel," Fasanello said. In the video, the officer admitted he was looking at his phone. Fasanello was scraped up and sore but not seriously hurt. He refused treatment at the scene. He has some bumps and bruises and was out of work on Friday. As for his bicycle, the front wheel is knocked out of alignment and it appears the frame is cracked. “The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating the incident. Until the investigation is complete, the officer is suspended with pay, which is standard," Police Chief Harry Gurin said. Gurin said that the department is doing their due diligence to make sure they’re doing everything the right way, and they’re not trying to hide anything. Fasnallo said he’s an avid cyclist and rides about 20 to 30 miles a day equipped with a GoPro camera. When the officer came toward him at the stop sign, he had no time to move. Fasanello did not want to show his face on camera but had some choice words for the officer who hit him. “How much of an irresponsible moron he was,” Fasanello said. “Everybody knows you should not text and drive.” “Everybody knows it’s dangerous,” he said. “It’s like breathing air. It’s second nature. You know if you distract yourself while you’re operating a 4,000-pound metal cage, something bad is going to happen.” Fasnallo said he wants a formal apology.
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Distracted cop suspended after hitting bicyclist with police vehicle

Postby smix » Thu Jan 02, 2020 11:30 pm

Distracted cop suspended after hitting bicyclist with police vehicle
WPLG Local 10

URL: https://www.local10.com/news/2018/07/30 ... e-vehicle/
Category: Police
Published: July 30. 2018

Description: PECULIAR, Mo. – A bicyclist is lucky to be alive after he was hit head-on by a distracted police officer. In the video from bicyclist Joseph Fasanello's helmet-cam, the Peculiar, Mo. officer can be seen cutting a left-hard corner and striking Fasanello. The officer, identified as Charles R. Wallace, has been suspended with pay, according to KMBC. After the accident, Fasanello immediately confronts Wallace, asking him why he was looking at the phone while driving. While denying he was texting, Wallace admitted he was looking at his phone as he made the turn. "It was my bad," says Wallace. Fasanello refused medical attention at the scene. A spokesperson for the Missouri Highway Patrol claims Fasanello was pulled up past the stop sign at the intersection, but says an investigation is still ongoing.
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