Georgia State Patrol Crash Specialized Collision And Reconstruction Team Tries To Solve Some Of Life's Most Gruesome Mysteries
Tragedy struck this past Mother's Day near Milledgeville, GA. According to The Telegraph, a woman and her passenger both died when they were involved in a head-on crash with another car. Members of the coroner's office pronounced the driver and passenger deceased at the scene of the crash. The crash happened on Georgia State Road 49, near the intersection of Pettigrew Road around 8 p.m. on Mother's Day. Georgia State Patrol's Crash Specialized Collision and Reconstruction Team, SCRT for short, is investigating the incident.
The woman was driving a small sedan while the other vehicle involved was a General Motors Yukon. The occupants of the Yukon, comprising of members of two families, ranged in age from nine to forty years old. Two individuals suffered injuries in the accident. The teenage driver of the Yukon suffered serious injuries to his chest, probably from striking the steering wheel or airbag with tremendous force.
The SCRT team is primarily trying to determine why the deceased woman who was driving a small sedan style vehicle was struck head-on by a General Motors Yukon sports utility vehicle. Georgia State Patrol's initial investigation revealed that the 17-year-old driver of the Yukon became fatigued and fell asleep at the wheel. The Yukon crossed over the center line of the road and plowed into the sedan, instantly killing the driver and her passenger. The SCRT is investigating the terrible accident, but there is no word yet on whether the teenager could face criminal charges.
Georgia State Patrol's SCRT is a highly-skilled unit trained to reconstruct accidents. Most often, the SCRT is called out to fatal accidents, but they can assist with other investigations as well. For example, the SCRT can assist with homicide investigations, officer involved shootings, and large crime scene areas. SCRT members receive extensive training on how to properly and thoroughly document a crime scene, creating a diagram or other rendering, and, most importantly, take accurate and precise measurements from once location to another. Therefore, the SCRT's primary function involves gathering evidence and analyzing the debris field. After all of the evidence has been collected and the crime scene has been documented, then the SCRT can work to reconstruct the crash scene.
The job of an accident reconstructionist is not easy. After measuring the scene, they need to perform certain tasks to assist with their analysis. An SCRT member will enter the crash vehicle and test the functionality of the vehicle including the breaks, steering, lights, and other safety and control systems, if they can. The SCRT member might be able to recover the vehicle's black box data recorder. Some vehicles are equipped with them and some are not. Also, they are not helpful in every situation but can provide data in many instances. SCRT officers can determine the speed of the cars before impact, after impact, and the angles take into and from the crash.
Additionally, SCRT members receive training on using the computer programs which analyze the raw data and help make calculations. All of this information can be helpful when trying to figure out why the crash happened. The reports generated by SCRT can be sued by the prosecution as well as the defense and can be made available for use by private attorneys representing a family member killed or severely injured in a car wreck.
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