High Speed Crash

By: Amy Kehm
By: Amy Kehm

A new report offers some alarming details about a high-speed police crash.

Staunton police officer Lisa Snodgrass was seriously injured when her cruiser collided with another police car on June 5th. Both were responding to a call.

The new report indicates Snodgrass was traveling 75 miles per hour in a 25 mile per hour zone. Police say she lost control, hit a curb, a wall, and then a tree.

"Anytime we're on an emergency response, we have two goals in mind," said Staunton Police Chief Butch Wells. "One (is) getting there as quick as we can; the other one being getting there safely. And in this particular case, we didn't achieve either one of those goals."

But they could soon know more, thanks to new technology similar to the black boxes found onboard airplanes. It captures similar information, like what was going on right before the car crash, and what happened just after it.

The black box is installed in most newer model cars. These police cars had them. But each manufacturer does it a bit different, so the data is difficult to read.

Officer Snodgrass continues to recover at home. Police say disciplinary action could be forthcoming.


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