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Conn. Chief Wants To Fire Officer In Fatal Crash With Teens

Connecticut Post via YellowBrix

December 14, 2009

MILFORD, Conn. — Police Chief Keith Mello wants to fire the officer who accidentally killed two Orange teens in June when his cruiser broadsided their car on the Boston Post Road.

The Police Commission will review Mello’s recommendation to terminate Officer Jason Anderson, a five-year member of the force, at its Monday night meeting, according to the agenda.

The latest development in the tragic saga of the June 13 Orange crash comes on the heels of the revelation that the teens had been drinking that fatal night, and both apparently had blood-alcohol levels above the legal limit at the time of the accident.

A State Police investigation found Anderson was driving 94 miles per hour when he crashed into the teens, who were traveling in the opposite direction and attempted a left-hand turn onto Dogwood Road in front of his cruiser at roughly 2 a.m.

The officer is charged with two counts of second-degree manslaughter and is free on $250,000 bond while his case is pending in Milford Superior Court. He has been on paid suspension since the crash.

Quoting unnamed sources, the New Haven Register reported Thursday toxicology results show both Ashlie Krakowski and David Servin, who was driving, had blood-alcohol levels of 0.13. Both were 19 years old, but the legal blood-alcohol limit for adults is 0.08. Those figures could not be confirmed.

Krakowski and Servin, who were dating, attended a party in Milford a few hours before the crash, where witnesses reported they were “tipsy” and said they had been playing beer pong.

The party’s host, 21-year-old Jaycen Munro, of Heenan Drive in Milford, was charged by State Police last month with providing alcohol to minors.

Sources have also said police found marijuana in the teens’ car.

Anderson’s New Haven lawyer, Hugh F. Keefe, declined Thursday to comment on the toxicology reports. He said there is a court order preventing their public release.

Jeffrey Meyer, a criminal law professor at Quinnipiac University’s School of Law, said even if the teens were considered drunk under the legal standard, it will likely not decrease Anderson’s culpability in the case.

“It does not appear to be a game-changer,” said Meyer, who had been a federal prosecutor for a decade.

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    Criminology101

    over 4 years ago

    200 Comments

    94mph and no emergency? Not good.

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    Ahi

    over 4 years ago

    1990 Comments

    sad and unfortunate for everyone involved, I think the guilt to Anderson will be far worse then any legal punishment, everyone makes mistakes. I feel for both sides and hope the best for everyone.

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    uncledennis1

    over 4 years ago

    23296 Comments

    With the officer traveling at 94 MPH the failure to yield theory is pretty much out the window. We are held to a higher standard. Even running code the speed probably far exceeds department policy. I feel for the parents of the children.

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    rhood

    over 4 years ago

    23592 Comments

    There were to many wrongs in this incident and not enough rights. The only one to come out on top will be the lawyer with his pockets full.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Tragic indeed.

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    HEYSARGE

    over 4 years ago

    16726 Comments

    94 mph.......In route to no where..........Simple

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    Jonas

    over 4 years ago

    42238 Comments

    hbg522 is right no one wins in this one! This is really tragic all the way around.

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    Sheriff_1

    over 4 years ago

    8024 Comments

    Very tragic no matter which way you look at it. Only time will tell the outcome. Going to be a long hard case.

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    Retleo

    over 4 years ago

    5524 Comments

    Tragic for all involved. There is no legitimate excuse for the actions of all parties involved (underage drinking, speeding, failure to yield). Nothing can be done now to reverse what has already been done. Officer Anderson should hope and pray that losing his job is the highest penalty that he pays for his actions, but I feel that the criminal charges and civil law suit that is sure to follow will have a far more long-range impact upon his future. So sad, so sad, for everyone involved.

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    BECKHAM

    over 4 years ago

    338 Comments

    Sad for both parties involved.. May God be with all that were involved. Two wrongs do not make a right.

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    skascooter007

    over 4 years ago

    2010 Comments

    Group FAIL...

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    rsironron

    over 4 years ago

    5220 Comments

    hbg522 said it all.

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    Irishcop1961

    over 4 years ago

    50490 Comments

    I agree with hbg522.

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    hbg522

    over 4 years ago

    7006 Comments

    no win situation all around

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    chpprsinc

    over 4 years ago

    398 Comments

    ooo, I guess we should have expected this. Its unfortunate it has to end a police career because of using bad judgement on one occassion that ultimately ended 2 lives so short. Bad all around IMO.

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