Officer Martray Proctor who was driving over 90 mph without lights and siren hit another vehicle killing a 20 year-old female. According to The Sun News 24 year-old Officer Proctor is employed by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. In 2005 he was charged with driving 86 mph in a 60 mph zone, and in 2007 with driving 63 mph in a 35 mph zone in neighboring counties. High speed police car operations and high speed pursuits by police have been associated with many devestating injury and wrongful death claims–not by the alleged criminals but by innocent victims.
The female victim, who remains unnamed at this time, was killed when Proctor crashed into her 1991 Ford Escort. In addition to her death, three other people were injured. Police stated they couldn’t comment on the incident. This looks to be a big, big police disaster.
Speeding and reckless driving are as great a risk for injury or death as drinking and driving when operating a vehicle. According to the UNC Highway Safety Research Center, speed-related accidents kill about 10 people a week in North Carolina. Police are trained to exercise great care and caution to avoid car accidents with innocent car drivers, and this accident investigation needs to provide the public answers to obvious questions like: Why was the officer speeding? Was the officer exercising due caution? What was the nature of the emergency? Surely the accident victims/families want these answers.
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