By Jake Griffin
A Lawrenceburg Police car plowed through a wall at the intersection of Front Street at U.S. 50-Eads Parkway on Friday, July 12. A review of the crash found that the officer was not at fault, rather a woman in another vehicle who may have been trying to beat a red light.
Jake Griffin-Eagle 99.3
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – A review of a July 12 vehicle crash involving a Lawrenceburg Police cruiser shows the officer was not at fault.
According to a release from Lawrenceburg Chief of Police Gene Hunefeld, the officer involved in the accident last Friday was Officer Daniel Rosengarn.
Rosengarn was on patrol when he saw a vehicle make an illegal left turn from Front Street to head West on U.S. 50. The officer attempted to clear the intersection to follow the vehicle, but before he was able to do so a vehicle southbound on Front Street struck his cruiser in the passenger side rear quarter-panel.
The collision caused the patrol car to be pushed through the brick wall that encloses the United Community Bank parking lot. Although the wall was crushed, no people were hurt.
The driver of that vehicle, Kerri Karn of Aurora, stated she did not see nor hear the patrol vehicle, until it was too late.
A witness to the crash said that the light for Karn was believed to have been red. Based on that and the other evidence, crash investigators with the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department determined the primary cause of the crash was Karn’s failure to yield.
As per City of Lawrenceburg Policy, the involved officer was transported to Dearborn County Hospital for an alcohol and drug screen. The cruisers dash cam was also reviewed by officials, and found that the emergency lights and siren were activated and that he had stopped at the intersection to use due regard for public safety before entering the intersection.
The involved officer was also confirmed as having followed Lawrenceburg Police Department Policy in use of his vehicle.