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Old 11-28-2007, 01:10 PM   #61
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Old 11-28-2007, 01:11 PM   #62
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Well, I think the original story was Monday, but the news rebuttled last night and apologized because they were only reporting what was told to them by the police department.
I think there was actually an apoligy from the department...
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Old 11-28-2007, 01:14 PM   #64
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Just to clarify, it wasn't ABC13s fault. It was HPDs:

http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?se...cal&id=5788906

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(11/28/07 - KTRK/HOUSTON) - HPD is admitting it made a mistake this week, declaring the victim of a car crash dead when she really wasn't.


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The crash happened early Monday morning on the Northwest Freeway near West 43rd Street when a suspected drunk driver slammed into another vehicle. We reported the driver died in the crash because that's what police officers told us at the scene. But late yesterday, the victim's family called our newsroom to tell us she was alive and in the hospital.

HPD tells us the miscommunication happened at the scene, which led the Harris County district attorney's office to charge the suspected drunk driver with the more serious charge of intoxication manslaughter.

Our news story got a surprising response from the DA's office. Warren Diepraam told us prosecutors rely on the police for information.

"We assume they can figure out whether or not someone is dead," he said

The charge will be reduced to intoxication assault since the victim is not dead.
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Both. Police and the news. Which is fine. The parents arent all that upset. They know mistakes happen.

Its the least of their worries im sure.
Oh I believe it, but the news made a huge deal about it and pointed fingers which is something that really pointless.

But none the less, regardless who who did what, I hope she gets recovers stronger than ever for those kids of hers.
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Old 11-28-2007, 01:15 PM   #66
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I often wonder why illegal procurement of drivers licenses by aliens is so overlooked.

It's SO easy to get a TXDL with a fake soc. sec. card that can be had at a fleamarket.

Seems to me that using forged/false documents to get not only an OFFICIAL State of Texas ID but also a card extending driving privileges is a crime. And I'd wager my fair share that it's a felony.

But you never hear of anyone being prosecuted for that.

Isn't the use of forged government documents a prettys serious crime? I'd venture an even more serious one than crossing the border illegaly.
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Hey i don't get on this forum often but I would like to say that I don't care if people want to come over here from Mexico but they should do the proper thing and become a legal citizen. Also for the drunk drivers, no one should drink and drive to began with no matter what race they are. When you committ a crime by drinking and driving we should all pay for it equally no matter the race or age.
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Old 11-28-2007, 01:24 PM   #69
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Old 11-28-2007, 04:04 PM   #70
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I talked to the officer this morning that did the accident. He arrived long after the person was transported to the hospital. We are the last ones to get the call after patrol units make the scene and it expected that the person may not live.

The accident investigator was told that a patrol officer went to the hospital to check on the status of the person. Apparently a doctor in the emergency room told the patrol officer that the person was brain dead and was not expected to live. That patrol officer, who is not familiar in how accident investigator do things, ran with it and told the investigator that the person was deceased. This info was relayed to the scene investigator who in turn notified the scene sgt, who is the person that makes the sound bite to the news media.

Two mistakes were made. The biggest one was by the patrol officer who didn't stick around the hospital to see if the person was truly dead. Usually I stay in the ER until the person dies and get the name, time, and phone number of the doctor that pronounced them dead. Secondly the scene investigator assumed that the patrol officer knew our "definition" of dead and knew what information to gather once the person has died.


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Night shift accident has to carry the highest caseloads for fatalities in my div. Its a very stressful job and you are very busy as an investigator at the scene of a fatal accident, especially involving a dwi suspect. I think that this is one of those time were we should have had more accident investigators working that particular scene. The police department doesn't think of traffic accidents as real police work and puts our stuff on the backburner along with no manpower.

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this is sad. She'll be in my prayers as well as the family and friends.
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