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Wis. Deputy Fired Over Code 3 Fatal Crash

August 16, 2011  | 

A La Crosse County (Wis.) Sheriff's deputy facing felony homicide in a crash that caused the death of a 16-year-old has been fired, reports the La Crosse Tribune.

Sheriff Steve Helgeson fired Dep. Trisha Stratman following an internal investigation into a crash on July 18, 2010, where high school student Brandon Jennings was thrown from a vehicle.

Dep. Stratman allegedly sped through a red light at 90 mph and collided with another car at Hwys. 35 and OT. She was responding with lights and sirens activated to a call from another officer needing assistance with a rowdy crowd at a bar. An investigation showed the deputy may have been driving 106 mph and slowed to 90 mph before impact.

Source: La Crosse Tribune

Tags: Code 3 Driving, Officer Needs Assistance, La Crosse County (Wis.) Sheriff


Comments (5)

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Sean @ 8/16/2011 7:27 PM

I think this is a tragic accident for everyone, as a parent my heart goes out to the parents of the child. As an police officer I feel for Deputy Straman who was doing what many of us have done rushing to the aid of a fellow officer sure the news will report that it was a crowd in a bar but since I have not heard any audio of the officer,calling for assistance as for the city who chose to fire and charging Deputy Straman Im sure they are relenting to public pressure Im glad I dont work there, Deputy Straman I will pray for you and ur family

Tom @ 8/17/2011 8:16 AM

As much as I would like to side with the officer in this case, I can't.
Going fast to back up another officer is admirable but blowing red lights and/or intersections can not be condoned. If you do it, you better hope nothing goes wrong.

Mike (YOUTH-2008.com) @ 8/17/2011 10:52 AM

I have to agree with Tom. There are times in our profession where we need to speed to a call...BUT...never at the expense of safety for others or ourselves. Intersection collisions are one of the major problem areas for overall collisions in law enforcement. While the need for speed is apparent in this call for assistance, intersections must be traversed with due caution AT ANY TIME OF DAY OR NIGHT.

Rich @ 8/17/2011 1:50 PM

It is a tragedy for all involved. The deputy gambled she would make it trough the intersection without problems and lost that gamble. The result was two emergencies that diluted the number of officers able to respond to the original officer needing assistance call. The loss of a career for the deputy and the loss of a son for the family. There is more than one victim. My heart goes out to all of them.

Shaun @ 8/18/2011 10:54 AM

I feel bad for the officer, but it is driven into us to drive with due regard. We have always been told that if the situation is bad, then all the officers possible are going to need to come loaded for bear and like Rich said, your crash is going to dilute the number of officers that respond to the original call.

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