Officer Suspended After Striking Bicyclist in Cass County, Missouri
CASS COUNTY, MO- A Peculiar (MO) police officer received a suspension, with pay, while the Missouri Highway Patrol investigates the circumstances surrounding an accident in which the officer admitted to the cyclist he just struck that he was not paying attention. According to WALB.com, the police officer was looking at his cell phone while driving his police car and hit a man riding a bicycle. The victim's camera, which was mounted on his head, captured the collision. Thankfully, the cyclist was not seriously injured.*
The officer apologized profusely to William Fasanello, the cyclist with whom the officer collided. With the cyclist's camera still rolling, the officer tells Fasanello that he was not texting but just looking at this phone. The officer then quickly admits that he should not have been doing that and was apologetic for what happened.
Mr. Fasanello was shocked, to say the least. Fasanello stated that he knew there was a moment of no return seconds before the crash. He said that he realized that this would hurt and he braced for the worst. Just before the collision, Fasanello stopped at a stop sign and observed the marked police SUV taking a left-hand turn and heading straight toward him. Fasanello saw the officer looking at a cell phone right before the wreck. Fasenello had nowhere to go and no momentum to help him avoid the crash.
Fasanello was lucky he escaped with minor injuries; his bike took the brunt of the damage. The video footage Fasenello took shows him look left and then right at a T-intersection. He begins to yell at the officer as the SUV turns toward him. Fasenello rolled up on to the hood of the police car and fall off to the driver's side. The officer stopped immediately.
Fasenllo hopes that people will finally begin to wake up and realize just how dangerous distracted driving can be. He is also looking for a new bike to replace the old one.
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