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May justice be served

January 21, 2014

Recently a police officer was involved in a traffic accident that killed an innocent man. Despite it being an accident during a police chase, justice needs to be served to this man's family....

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Millwe

Jan-28-14 7:48 AM

"turned into the path" means the officer should have been able to stop. He couldn't at 88 mph. That's a fact!

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mikekerstetter

Jan-24-14 4:15 AM

Millwe-"I have all the facts I need to have an opinion- 1. a tragic death occurred. 2. an emergency vehicle caused it. 3. We are playing hide-n-seek with whether or not a policy exists within the Williamsport Police Dept. Is there or is there not currently a written guideline regarding high speed pursuits? Not to mention nobody was even being pursued at the time!!!"

You are omitting the fact that at least part of the reason for the accident is that Mr Robinson turned into the path of the passing cruiser.

Further, you are correct, according to what has been released, that Officer Duprenda was not involved in a chase, but was responding to back up another Officer who had a 'suspect at gun point'. Since that is the case, the 'chase policy' becomes a mute point.

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Millwe

Jan-23-14 8:44 PM

I have all the facts I need to have an opinion- 1. a tragic death occurred. 2. an emergency vehicle caused it. 3. We are playing hide-n-seek with whether or not a policy exists within the Williamsport Police Dept. Is there or is there not currently a written guideline regarding high speed pursuits? Not to mention nobody was even being pursued at the time!!! There are others, in this administration as well, who are responsible and did not offer this officer, or others, adequate training and proper supervision. Furthermore, what qualifies a police officer to try and execute NASCAR moves? Are they trained for that?

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spike2

Jan-23-14 12:21 PM

Andy, Guess our question is answered.

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Gr8fulFish

Jan-23-14 10:21 AM

Well Underwood, 88 mph in 35 mph is ABSOLUTELY "a high rate of speed" as I originally posted. But again, I could have showed the accident photos to a 3rd grader and asked them if the vehicle that sustained that kind of damage was going: fast? or slow? & they would have been able to make the correct observation that it was at a high rate of speed.

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andy33

Jan-22-14 5:26 PM

Spike...for all we know it was????...maybe there is more to this story...just how serious is this city in lowering "the hammer"......

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wbppio

Jan-22-14 3:55 PM

this tragic accident

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wbppio

Jan-22-14 3:54 PM

The Williamsport Bureau of Police has become aware of potential video evidence that may be circulating online involving the tragic traffic accident in Williamsport on January 12, 2014.

The Williamsport Bureau of Police have also become aware of a possible eyewitness in a vehicle that was near the scene at the time of the accident. It is our hope that this individual will come forward and report their observation to the Penssylvania State Police as soon as possible.

A Williamsport Police vehicle driven by Officer Jonathan Deprenda collided with a vehicle driven by James David Robinson who tragically lost his life in the accident.

We would remind anyone in possession of or with knowledge of video or any other evidence that they should immediately contact Pennsylvania State Police, the agency tasked with investigating the accident. Any potential evidence including eyewitness accounts is vital in assisting PSP investigators as continue gather facts surrounding

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spike2

Jan-22-14 2:02 PM

Andy - address that question to the D.A.s office. They would have to approve a charge of the suggested level.

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andy33

Jan-22-14 11:48 AM

Hey there officer in charge of information...please stop posting the same thing...reading it once is enough...why don't you look into the "IF NOT FOR" charges available to the department...charge that drug jerk with homicide....if not for him...NOTHING would have happened...you can DO IT!!!!!

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wbppio

Jan-22-14 11:23 AM

The Williamsport Bureau of Police respects the Pennsylvania State Police' professionalism and efforts in their continuing investigation of the tragic accident involving one of our police vehicles. Williamsport Police Officer Jonathan Deprenda was involved in an on-duty traffic accident while responding to back-up a rookie Williamsport officer’s radio transmission of having a suspect at gun point. That crash claimed the life of James David Robinson, 42 of Williamsport.

The investigation of any traffic fatality is a lengthy and intricate process involving many, many hours of evidence gathering, measurements, photographs, interviews, follow-ups, tests and paperwork, etc. The fact that this accident involves a law enforcement officer and vehicle adds even more time to the process.

We understand that the victim's family, friends and our community is looking for information and answers. We ask that everyone respect the process being undertaken by Pennsylvania State Police.

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spike2

Jan-22-14 8:26 AM

Let's make this simple. 35 + x = 23,784,516. You can find the answer. You have a fact. x+x = 23,784,516. How many possibilities? Bottom line is none of us have one verifiable piece of information, evidence or whatever you choose, to arrive at anything more than a possibility. Enigma- insurance? Either someone has done accident reconstruction or they haven't. I had CPR training. Would you be comfortable with me performing your bypass? We have to let the professionals do a thorough job. ( also consider the PaSP probably have more than one case to work on)

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MrShaman

Jan-22-14 8:15 AM

"Laugh-in? Are you suggesting that Robinson was going 20mph in a 35 mph zone, while WPD was traveling at 85? The impact should have sent robinson's car forward instead of perpendicular. You must have been asleep that day in school." - Spigotz

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...And, you can't be much of a pool-player.

If the faster (second) vehicle had plowed-into the first vehicle...with some SERIOUS right-"english"...it's MORE-than-obvious the first vehicle would take a hard-left angle.

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MrShaman

Jan-22-14 8:05 AM

"I would love to have all of the information, but at this point you can be sure that will never happen." - enigma

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I think most people would prefer to see the track-record (for whichever "psychic" has given you such "insight"), before they're willing to take your word, for that.

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andy33

Jan-22-14 7:59 AM

"IF NOT FOR" the commission of a felony [the guy with the drugs on the Blvd.]...none of this would have happened. A death resulted due to the commission of a felony...so charge the 'drug guy' with felony murder....that should help get one more scum dealer off the streets of Williamsport.

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localguy

Jan-22-14 7:49 AM

Dan, you should stick to your ramblings of getting fired from 2 jobs in 2013, unions, star wars episodes and your absurd new year. You're a joke. Stop trying to hang a Police Officer just because all the other sheep out there are doing it, stand on your own two feet. A quick view of the pictures of the scene, you can clearly tell there is no one person at fault. Again, I've said nobody has the full details yet and once PSP releases it then we will all know. I really doubt any cover up will happen. That is all just the conspiracy theorists babbling!

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MrShaman

Jan-22-14 6:36 AM

"This tragedy has revealed a widespread hatred of law enforcement, including the PA State Police." - eriklatranyi

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Asking questions constitutes "hatred"???

How is it you "libertarian"-types have gotten so prissy?

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LaughIn

Jan-21-14 11:38 PM

Spigtoz-Radioactive...get with the PHYSICS or SHUT THE CRAZY BREAD up

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Godzilla1

Jan-21-14 11:14 PM

Eric I'll bet my bottom dollar that he was not told to engage in a pursuit that had already ended! Remember Minion Miller said that he was responding to a rookie officer that had the suspect of the pursuit at gun point! Again 3 vehicles were invovled already chasing him 2 marked units and 1 unmarked unit. As stated by witnesses near bradon park. It was the responsibility of the officer to be in control of his vehicle period! The chase was across town and obviously under control if the guy was being held at gunpoint HELLO! It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that someone was travelling at a high rate of speed as Laughin pointed out in Newtons law. If it is still confusing take a physics class at the college. Blaming the victim is absolutely unacceptable and quite convenient as he is not here to defend himself sitting on paid leave. The truth shall set you free or the dash cam recordings, either or. I'm curious about a drug test administered to the officer? Was that done?

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Spigotz

Jan-21-14 11:12 PM

Laugh-in? Are you suggesting that Robinson was going 20mph in a 35 mph zone, while WPD was traveling at 85? The impact should have sent robinson's car forward instead of perpendicular. You must have been asleep that day in school. apparently, you and enigma are one in the same.

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ScienceIsKing

Jan-21-14 10:34 PM

@BillTriumph

You're trying too hard buddy. Your arguments are irrelevant and off topic. Whats the matter? Bad day? Need a hug? Are you a police officer or just love kissing some ***?

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LaughIn

Jan-21-14 10:25 PM

It sure does radio.

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BillTriumph

Jan-21-14 10:01 PM

enigma - "information we have does not look good for him. It is obvious that he was traveling too fast for safety." How fast exactly was that Mr.Trained accident investigator? Fast enough? Half fast? You are so full of yourself, full of s*** and your hat don't fit.

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BillTriumph

Jan-21-14 9:54 PM

Gr8fulFish - "My question is: Have the police released any details of any drug/alcohol test results that would have/should have been conducted on the officer immediately after the accident?" ...and toxicology on the deceased, right? I mean the public has some sort of right to that information don't we? Medical records, any kind of psychological treatment or drug therapy either of these individuals may have had. I think we need to see their tax returns, bank account information, credit card receipts and know a little more about the company they kept and any intimate relationships they may have been involved in, where they worshiped, and what titles they rented from Netflix, and who they voted for in the last presidential election.

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LaughIn

Jan-21-14 8:00 PM

Radioactive-read your 6:21am posting again. You seem to think that something is missing from the picture? What exactly?? For a wizard of your caliber, I would ASSume you to understand Newton's simple Laws of Motion. For example, if car A is traveling at a speed of 20 MPH and is struck by car B traveling 85 MPH going the same direction, what might the impact force for car A be if it hits a stationary item of any form? What more do we all need to know?

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