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Trooper Faulted in Deep Gap Crash PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Monday, 09 January 2012 07:10

While the N.C. State Highway Patrol is still investigating aspects of a December 18th collision between a State Patrol vehicle and the SUV of a Todd couple, the trooper has been found at fault. SHP 1st Sgt Jeff Gordon released late last week that the collision occurred as the State Patrol car, driven by trooper Zachary Jennings, had just slowed from 105 miles per hour to about 80, striking the rear of the Chevy Trail Blazer of David and Sherry Holman, which had just turned Across 421 at a crossover.  The wreck occurred just after dark, and flipped the SUV while causing significant damage to the patrol vehicle. Both the Holmans were taken to Watauga Medical Center and were released after treatment. Still at issue in the investigation is when Jennings activated his blue lights, and whether he acted according to SHP policy.  He was responding to aid another trooper who had a felony suspect in custody. The report also indicated that Jennings was exceeding a safe speed for the conditions. Gordon said there are still aspects of the crash under investigation, and it is yet to be determined whether Jennings will face disciplinary action.  The wreck occurred on Jennings last day in Watauga, being transferred to Wilkes.

  
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