NY Officer Speeding, Not on Cell Phone Before Fatal Crash
August 19th, 2011|
August 19, 2011
Following a two-month investigation, it’s been determined that Chemung County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeffrey Alexander was speeding but wasn’t using his cell phone or in-car computer at the time of a fatal crash on June 12, 2011, in Ashland, New York. The head-on collision killed both the 26-year-old officer and a 77-year-old Ashland man.
After the accident, New York State Police launched their investigation into the cirmcustances of the accident, ruling out several contributing factors to the crash – including a medical emergency, drugs or alcohol, and cell phone or computer use. Still, investigators were unable to determine why the officer veered into the oncoming lane.
“It could have been a multitude of circumstances” said Sheriff Chris Moss. “We’re never going to know.”
The investigation did find that Alexander was traveling at 64 miles per hour just before the crash, while the other driver was traveling at 53 miles per hour. The speed limit on State Route 427 is 55 miles per hour.
The officer was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.