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

Connecticut Post via YellowBrix

December 14, 2009

Although the teens’ drinking may intensify the tragedy, it doesn’t excuse reckless behavior on Anderson’s part, he said.

“At the end of the day, the job of police officers is to be keeping an eye out for drunk drivers, not ramming into them at 95 miles per hour for no reason,” Meyer said. “It’s the police officer, above all, that we expect to be complying with the law, not engaging in joy-riding down public highways.”

Although civil law often takes into account “contributory negligence,” criminal law doesn’t typically allow that defense in cases such as this — just like an unlocked bank doesn’t justify theft, he said.

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Lawyers representing the families of Krakowski and Servin, John Wynne and Bart Halloran, respectively, did not return calls requesting comment.

The families have filed notice of their intent to sue Milford and its Police Department.

Anderson and Officer Richard Pisani were heading back to Milford from a mutual-aid call in West Haven on the night of the accident. A video camera installed in Pisani’s cruiser recorded both officers speeding far above the posted limit of 40 mph. Pisani accelerated up to 72 mph and was driving at about 65 when Anderson barreled by him on the right, shortly before crashing into the teens.

The Police Commission agenda Monday states the board will also consider “the performance of” Pisani, indicating that he faces departmental charges and discipline, but not termination.

Internal investigations into the conduct of both officers before the crash indicated Pisani, a probationary officer, had not played a role in the crash.

Mello declined to comment until after Monday’s meeting.

Anderson’s blood-alcohol content was also tested after the crash, showing he had no alcohol in his system.

State police reported that the power control module from the police vehicle indicated that for the nearly nine seconds leading up to the crash, Anderson was pushing the accelerator pedal at 100 percent. Then, six-tenths of a second before impact, he slowed down slightly and hit his brakes.

The Police Commission will meet at 7 p.m. in police headquarters, 430 Boston Post Road.

Video Coverage of the Incident >>>


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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

    42236 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

    50482 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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