Witness contradicts chase reports in North Carolina car accident involving trooper

The trooper blamed for a fatal Jamestown, North Carolina car accident was not engaged in a pursuit at the time, a witness told the Raleigh Telegram.

The May 23 crash on I-85 killed a 55-year-old grandmother and an 11-year-old girl as their vehicle pulled into the path of a North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper driving a Dodge Charger. Two other children in the car were seriously injured but survived. The woman was attempting to make a left turn onto Business I-85 from the light at River Road. Published reports had indicated that the trooper was chasing a Buick Skylark that he had clocked doing 80 mph in a 55 mph zone.

The trooper was traveling at about 95 mph when he collided with the victim’s vehicle, severing the Honda Accord.

The official version initially reported the trooper was chasing a Pontiac Grand Am before changing the make of the pursued vehicle to a Buick Skylark. Now a witness reports seeing no chase at all.

The witness reports he was traveling south on Business I-85 toward High Point when the trooper pulled out of the median and fell in behind him. The witness claims the trooper then accelerated around him, activated his emergency lights, and proceeded into the intersection, where he collided with the Honda.

We reported last month on our North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog that the patrol has issued new guidelines on police chases after several recent high-profile accidents involving troopers.

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