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Video: Ohio Police Release Dash Cam From Officer's Fatal Crash

October 09, 2012  | 

VIDEO: Fatal Officer Crash In Ohio

The Willoughby (Ohio) Police Department has released dash-cam video from a crash that killed Officer Jason Gresko last month.

Officer Gresko was responding to help a fellow officer, when he struck a tree after avoiding a truck that can be seen turning into the officer's path. Officer Gresko had not activated his siren, but wasn't required to under department policy, a Willoughby detective told Fox 8 Cleveland.

Charges have not been filed against the truck's driver, who took a field sobriety test and then gave a blood and urine sample.

Gresko leaves behind a wife and a 2-year-old daughter.

Comments (6)

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DEADMAN @ 10/9/2012 4:47 PM

The video shows the pick-up turning into the path of the cruiser,almost head on,whether the officer had his lights and siren on shouldn't have made a difference,the driver of the pick-up was clearly at fault for failure to yeild at the very least and his insurance company should be paying all of the expenses,into the near and far future to the family of the officer.

ofc. meyer @ 10/9/2012 5:49 PM

Rest in peace my brother.

Will @ 10/10/2012 1:00 AM

Rest in Peace my brother. It can be clearly seen in the video that the Officer had his emergency lights operating, and it can be clearly seen that the Ford truck pulls directly in front of the Police cruiser. Justin, respectfully, I cannot understand why you would believe the Ford truck was not at fault. A two way street; a vehicle pulls in front of another vehicle going straight...who's at fault? Think of it this way. Your personal vehicle does not have a siren, however, if your headlights are on and a vehicle pulls in front of you (cuts you off) that driver will be at fault. It is clear that the Ford truck driver was not paying attention.

Justin @ 10/10/2012 12:33 PM

I see my comment was deleted from last night. Is this what happens when someones opinion differs from yours? I will quote directly from another article from Police Magazine... "If you take nothing else away from this editorial, please take this: You shouldn't be going that fast in traffic, even if it is a code 3. That is pushing the envelope of your patrol car, and it is well beyond the abilities of the vast majority of police drivers. Driving that fast in traffic, even in response to an emergency call, is foolish. It endangers the public and it endangers you. There's a reason why so many officers are killed in single car accidents. Slow down." A civlilian should not be blamed for an accident that occurs when a cop is driving 90 down a residential street without ALL emergency equipment on, including the siren, which was OFF. The officer is trained, the civilian is not. Recognize that fact and understand that this was a tragic accident. A Texas DPS trooper was tried and convicted of manslaughter for running high speed with only EWLs on after he rear ended and killed an entire family on a busy interstate. There is plenty of precedent for accidents like this. The driver of that truck could have just as easily been injured or killed also.

Old Guy @ 10/10/2012 2:53 PM

Justin, no doubt your earlier comments were taken down because they are demonstrably inaccurate, biased and without merit. If Officer Gresko was enroute to save you from a violent crime, I'd bet you'd want him there as fast as he could get there.
As a retired accident investigator I've seen many of these videos. What is your qualifying experience and training Jason? The narrow scope of these dash cameras makes the speed seem higher than it is. I'd estimate he was travelling about 55 mph at the time of the collision, not 90. Is that fast? Of course it is. The Officer was answering a high priority, distress call. The video has no audio, so we do not yet know for certain whether the siren was on, but the emergency lights were. The pickup driver should have seen him coming from before the beginning of this video. If he followed the law requiring him to pull over to the right, he would have been out of the way long before the officer was anywhere near him.
The pickup driver was at fault. The timing of his turn, in response to the oncoming cruiser does legitimately raise questions as to his condition and/or intent.
Jason, please take your ignorance, bias and hate somewhere else. This officer gave his life in service to his community. His was a sacrifice someone like you may never be big enough to understand.
Rest in peace Officer Jason Gresko. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Dan @ 10/19/2012 6:10 AM

The reality is that driving fast is so often seen as a part of the job. Police are dying more from our own foot on the gas than offenders bullets these days. THIS DOES NOT APPEAR to be a reckless response on the officer's part. Tragic accident, maybe. Recklessness on the part of the truck driver, maybe. Improper action by the responding officer, not as I see it based on what is present here. We tend to make snap judgements. There is a computer in the truck that can be read. There is a computer in the CVPI that can be read. There are insurance and citation records for the truck driver and department history by the responding officer. We likely won't see this. So rest in peace my brother. GOD BLESS your family, department, and friends. To my brother officers, most of you could back off the gas 90% of the time and arrive safe. Slow in, fast out always works.

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