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Who's to blame? Speeding cop or drunk driver?

"The Louisville Metro Police detective involved in a crash that killed a woman in May was driving at nearly twice the speed limit when it occurred, and the victim had been drinking, with a blood-alcohol level nearly double the legal limit, according to new information released by police at The Courier-Journal's request."

Basically cop was off duty in an unmarked police car going 80 mph (45 mph zone), young 22yr old girl with blood alcohol of 0.131 reach an intersection, she is turning left he is going straight. He of course has the right of way, she turns and he plows the passenger side of her car killing her. He was charged with manslaughter and the charges were dismissed. Who is at fault? Should he lose his job? Her family is now considering legal action (of course). Is he responsible? Is she responsible?

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Asked by Astraea_79 at 5:30 PM on Dec. 30, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Astraea_79

    Comment by Astraea_79 (original poster) at 5:31 PM on Dec. 30, 2010

  • both are

    Answer by Gen at 5:33 PM on Dec. 30, 2010

  • the girl is responsible, had she been sober she may have noticed a car coming down the road at excessive speed (cop or not)

    Answer by angevil53 at 5:33 PM on Dec. 30, 2010

  • They both are at fault.

    Answer by Alanaplus3 at 5:33 PM on Dec. 30, 2010

  • BOTH are responsible. Just because he's a cop doesn't mean he has every right to speed espeically when he's off duty. If he wasn't going so damn fast the crash could have been avoided or of it did accrue the 22 yr old may have not died.

    Answer by mommy_of_two388 at 5:34 PM on Dec. 30, 2010

  • His speeding makes him guilty no matter what. However if she was sober then her reaction time would have been a lot better. When it comes to vehicular manslaughter it doesnt always matter what was involved. Youre guilty if you cause it whether alcohol was involved or not. Its sad but he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

    Answer by Steph319 at 5:35 PM on Dec. 30, 2010

  • They were both wrong, but she isn't around to face charges. If he hadn't been going at such a high rate of speed and had only hit her at the posted 45 mph, she may have lived.
    Should he lose his job? In my opinion, yes. I think it would be difficult for people to respect his authority.

    Answer by layh41407 at 5:35 PM on Dec. 30, 2010

  • Technically it was her fault for drinking and turning left and not giving him the right of way, However he shouldnt have been going 80 miles an hour. I say he gets a felony speeding ticket

    Answer by leksismommy at 5:35 PM on Dec. 30, 2010

  • I say both also, this one is just a hard one. If either had done differently thing wouldn't have turned out so bad. I guess regardless of his punishment, she paid the ultimate price.

    Comment by Astraea_79 (original poster) at 5:39 PM on Dec. 30, 2010

  • And no I do not think he should lose his job. Resign maybe but not lose it. People make mistakes and there is no reason why he should lose what he has for because of it. He will live with this the rest of his life and thats punishment enough IMO. And though its horrible that she was killed, she could have killed someone else from drinking and driving

    Answer by Steph319 at 5:40 PM on Dec. 30, 2010

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