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Two Officers Killed in Separate Single Vehicle Collisions in Less Than a Week
June 5, 2012
On May 20, 2012, Cleveland, Tennessee Police Officer Justin Maples was killed in a single vehicle crash. His patrol car left the roadway and struck a telephone pole, causing severe damage. He was transported to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Officer Maples had served with the Cleveland Police Department for seven years. He is survived by his wife and three sons.
Read Officers Down Memorial Page Remembers Police Officer Justin Maples
On May 26, 2012, New York State Trooper Amanda Anna was killed in a single vehicle crash. Her patrol SUV went out-of-control on a curve and overturned several times after striking a guardrail. Trooper Anna was transported to the hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. Trooper Anna had served with the New York State Police for six years. She is survived by her 4-year-old son, mother, and fiancé.
Read Officers Down Memorial Page Remembers Trooper Amanda Anna
Both these tragedies fit an all-too-common profile: veteran officers whose squad car left the roadway and collided with a fixed object while enroute to a call. Here are the facts:
- Unsafe speed is the leading cause of law enforcement fatal and injury collisions.
- Almost one half of fatal peace officer collisions are single-vehicle.
- Almost one half of fatal peace officer collisions are with a fixed object such as a guardrail, power pole, or tree.
- The majority of vehicle-related officer fatalities occur while en-route to a call for service, where driving at a high rate of speed may not be necessary.
See the “Did You Know? 10-97” video on vehicle speed, now available on the SAFE Driving Campaign Webpage.
Wear your seatbelt, watch your speed, and practice SAFE driving!
The SAFE Driving Campaign is a POST initiative focused on reducing fatal and serious injury law enforcement traffic collisions nationwide. For further information regarding the SAFE Driving Campaign, visit the SAFE Driving Campaign on the POST Website or contact:
Robert "R.C." Smith, POST Senior Consultant
Training Program Services Bureau