Speed is a top factor in many fatal car accidents, and it seems to be a factor in Police Officer Robert Bingaman's accident. According to the Citizen-Times, the officer was traveling at about 70 miles per hour, in a 50 miles per hour zone, when his cruiser slammed into a guardrail and was sent flying over the side of the Jeff Bowen Bridge. Reports also indicate that he was not wearing his seat belt when the accident happened.
The 37-year-old officer was killed in that late October accident after his vehicle dropped off the bridge at least 50 feet, slammed into an embankment and came to a rest against a column of the bridge near French Broad River.
Our Asheville car accident lawyers understand that a North Carolina Highway Patrol investigation indicates that the officer was headed west on 240 when he swerved to miss traffic. That's when his cruiser slammed into the guardrail. The officer was a six-year veteran of the force and former Marine. He was also the first Asheville officer killed in the line of duty in 41 years.