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Ohio Police Cruiser Collision Kills 6, Including Baby; Officer Injured

By Clyde Hughes   |   Friday, 18 Oct 2013 10:59 AM

A speeding police cruiser responding to a robbery in an Ohio suburb collided with another vehicle early Friday morning, killing six people, including a two-year-old baby.

WBNS-TV reported that authorities said an officer from the Upper Arlington police department was driving northbound on Riverside Drive with its lights and sirens on about 1:30 a.m. when he crashed into the other vehicle that was heading westbound on Fishinger Road, near Columbus.

Upper Arlington police told WBNS-TV that the officer was traveling to a robbery call at a McDonald's restaurants on Henderson Road. Authorities told the TV station that they did not know if the officer had a red or green light at the intersection when the collision happened.

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Police confirmed to WBNS-TV that everyone inside the vehicle which the police cruiser collided with died, including one adult male and five females. One of the females was a two-year-old girl.

The Columbus Dispatch reported that the officer responding to a robbery call was transported to OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital with minor injuries, according to Upper Arlington police.

Upper Arlington Police Sgt. Brooke E. Wilson told the Dispatch that police will not release the names of the deceased until next to kin are notified. Upper Arlington police declined to make additional comments surrounding the accident Friday.

Auto accidents involving police cruisers happen more often than believed. The Orlando Sentinel, in a 2012 series in the subject, found that in Florida, one out of every 44 crashes, some 7,400 a year, involved a law enforcement vehicle.

The Sentinel found that in cases where the officers were at fault for the crashes, causes included the officer driving too fast for the situation, looking at their on-board computers while on the road, and careless driving.

The Sentinel reported that its investigation found that from 2006 through 2010 in Florida, that most police crashes happen while officers are simply driving and not while they're chasing someone or racing to an emergency with lights and sirens deployed.

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The Sentinel examination also found that some officers show a pattern of crashes, finding that 26 officers had tallied four or more crashes from 2006 to 2010.

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