Re: Another Motorcyclist Killed
That is horrible. Local procedures for emergency vehicle operation requires that we slow to a speed that allows us to stop if neccessary, even running Code 3 lights and siren, we still have to assume no one hears us, and most of the time they don't, or get freaked out and don't know what to do. I almost had a lady get creamed as I was sitting in the middle of an intersection stopping traffic for our ladder as it was barrelling through, decided she wanted to go around me and had to stop her by laying on the siren and driving in front of her to block her path. Next thing she saw was a 50k lb piece of metal go flying in front of her.
I don't know what the SOP's are in the area that that happened, or if procedures are different for patrol cars responding vs. fire apparatus, but in any case, the officer was in the wrong, whether he had the right of way or not. Even Code 3, I would never go blind though an intersection responding ... ever.
But then again, it doesn't say anything about the speed of either vehicle. As we all know, it is extremely difficult, if not impossible to accurately judge the speed of an oncoming m/c. The officer may have seen him and misjudged his speed. None of us know either side of the story, so I can't really say who was in the wrong but as far as the witnesses report, the officer not slowing for the i/s was a big mistake. But even more then again ... who am I to judge.
My condolences to the family and friends.
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