Archive for Sunday, November 16, 2008

3 killed in crash during police chase

November 16, 2008


— A car that was being chased by the Kansas Highway Patrol crashed into another car, killing three people.

The patrol said a trooper began pursuing a vehicle driven by 24-year-old Jennifer Stilley at about 1 a.m. Saturday in Wichita. According to The Wichita Eagle, the trooper clocked Stilley going 83 mph in a 60-mph zone.

The trooper followed Stilley's car for about three minutes before her car hit another vehicle. Stilley died at a hospital.

Two women in the car that was struck by Stilley's vehicle died at the scene. They were identified as 43-year-old Mia Alberson and 44-year-old Peggy King.

Lt. David Hundley of the KHP said it appeared the trooper was following patrol policy during the chase.


ras 9 years, 4 months ago

We need to lobby to get patrol policy changed. They should use tack strips to blow the tires, or know the tag number so they can go to the residence. But not chase them in a city and cause the deaths of 2 innocent bystanders.

maxcrabb 9 years, 4 months ago

Beobachter, agreed.I think the lesson to everyone is to just pull over when ordered to, and avoid accidents like this. There's no punishment you could get in the courts that would be worse than dying or losing some limbs or the ability to walk. Not to mention the guilt of doing the same to others.

verity 9 years, 4 months ago

Such a tragedy and one has to feel for the shock and grief of all the families involved.Thirty years ago I lived just north of Wichita and this was a topic of conversation then, as several police chases had ended in disaster. As I recall, it was decided not to pursue under some circumstances.It really seems to be a catch-22. Do you allow the person to go on speeding, driving erratically, or whatever the case may be and endanger other people, or do you pursue and endanger other people?

jaywalker 9 years, 4 months ago

madmike's right, ras. Get a grip, this has nothing to do with police policy. The only way that these sorts of things could be completely prevented is to allow the police to utilize an engine disabling technology, but I imagine there's a lot of opposition to that.

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