The Campaign For DA

1.15.2015

Looks Like That Tire Was Off Before Impact

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

At least he got his wheel back!

Anonymous said...

He plowed into a police vehicle off camera that knocked the wheel off.

Anonymous said...

Losing the tire is what caused him to lose control of his vehicle and run into the deputy's car.

Anonymous said...

I agree

Anonymous said...

Big wheel keep on turning.

DF Proud Mary

Anonymous said...

Skippy, Were you able to get there in time to give the guy your card?

Anonymous said...

Spin move!

Anonymous said...

You picked a fine time to leave me...

dbl fake
"Kenny"

Anonymous said...

Typical defense attorney. He totaled another patrol car, which caused the tire to come off. This was before he rammed the second patrol car. Get the facts.

Anonymous said...

I believe the wheels came off of this one long before the accident.

Anonymous said...

I've been investigating crashes for 15 years.

I can tell you that the video shows only that the tire came off proximal to the crash. I can't PROVE that the crash caused the tire came off, just from the video. But the video shows that the damage to the pickup was on the front right side, which was where the time came off. It is incredibly rare for a tire just to come off the rotor. Normally, a large trauma --such as a crash-- would have to occur to cause such an event. We see here that in fact a crash did occur.

I note that the video title references the driver as a "DWI Suspect." I'll bet that with a little digging, I could find out why he was suspected of DWI. I'm betting that there were clues. Most crash victims are not labeled "DWI suspects," absent reasonable suspicion.

The departure of a front tire does not cause the catastrophic loss of control as much as does the loss of a rear tire. This is because the driver can counter-steer away from the drag of the absent tire.

Note that the red pickup was following very closely behind the black sedan when the event occurred. He was not decelerating at all; he was still under power when he struck the police vehicle. Also, you can quite clearly hear the tires squealing when it goes sideways, and you can hear the thump as the body of the truck drops to the pavement after the tire is lost. You hear no disaster prior to the crash.


So, while to you it may look like that tire was off before impact, B.G.-- those of us that are paid to think about such things hear hoofbeats, and do not expect to see zebras, unless the circus is in town. Sure, we check (In this case, it's easy: were the lug bolts sheared? Case closed.), but we don't make sweeping pronouncements that an unlikely event occurred, when there's plenty of evidence that the likelier event actually occurred.

Good morning, counselor.