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South Carolina Officer Killed in Wreck Wore No Seatbelt, Ran Light

November 24, 2015  | 

Officer Stacy Case. Photo: Columbia (SC) PD
Officer Stacy Case. Photo: Columbia (SC) PD

A South Carolina police officer killed in a wreck while responding to a shooting call was not wearing her seatbelt, ran a red light at 64 mph, and never hit her brakes before the crash, according to an investigation by a special team of South Carolina troopers, reports the Associated Press.

Columbia Officer Stacy Case's cruiser was hit almost directly on the driver's door by a University of South Carolina police officer going 76 mph, police Chief Skip Holbrook said Monday, summarizing the troopers' report.

University police Sgt. Allan Bolin also wasn't wearing a seatbelt. He survived.

Case and Bolin wrecked three minutes after a 911 call about shots fired and one person hit at a restaurant in downtown Columbia on a Saturday night, Holbrook said. The call turned out to be a public suicide.

New agency guidelines will now require officers to come to a full stop at red lights before entering an intersection in any call for help, reports the Columbia State.

Guidelines at the time of the crash allowed officers to go through red lights in certain situations as long as they slowed down and made sure the way was clear.

"She died a hero, responding to (a call for) help," Holbrook said of Case.

Comments (7)

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JJ @ 11/24/2015 6:09 PM

You are not a hero when you act stupid and never reach the intended location of need! This is a tradgety by two officers that did not need to happen.....I assume they both were rolling to the same location with red lights and sirens, which we know are not heard over radios and your own screen. I would fault the police standards and training policy for this. Do these small departments go to an academy to learn these critical tasks? Hope so!

kevCopAz @ 11/24/2015 8:37 PM

JJ you are correct. Sadly it would seem even 76 MPH thru an intersection (not on a highway) was excessive and perhaps that University officer should be disciplined for that, can't be within policy . The dead officer obviously was out of any reasonable policy and suffered for that mistake. Sad end .

Robert Hillsman, M.D. @ 11/25/2015 1:25 AM

Do these two departments even share the same radio frequency? 64 mph and 74 mph are outrageous and clearly endangered everyone in the area. Does each jurisdiction have to repeat all the mistakes others have made? Why is a univ. cop responding to an off campus location? Especially Sgt. at such an OUTRAGEOUS speed into an intersection?? MOST OFFICERS ARE KILLED IN VEHICLE COLLISIONS and as referenced above, if u don't arrive, you are no good to anyone. Such a complete disappointment. I can hope that no one else was injured...(former LEO turned trauma doc)

S.S. @ 11/25/2015 6:03 AM

This is one of those cases where common sense shouldv'e been used. im sorry that the officer passed away. It is a tragedy, however it never shouldv'e happend.

jwebb @ 12/11/2015 7:05 PM

Thank you JJ, Dr., Hillsman who s not even a policeman and SS, I won t guess what that stands for your wonderful insight. We should all strive to more like each of you.

Jordan Barnett @ 12/16/2015 12:29 AM

As a Trauma Nurse Practitioner trained at Shock-Trauma Baltimore, I get to teach a class of police recruits twice yearly, and the pleasure of doing a ride-along to see if any new technology is on the market to reduce line-of-duty injuries and deaths.

In one of our new helicopters we have a whole host of equipment that protects us including collision avoidance systems, 200-mile primary and weather radar, forward looking infrared systems, ballistic grade glass (1000x better than Lexan) windshields capable of hitting a 25 pound goose at 200mph without breaking through, Composite/Kevlar flight helmets, Night Vision Goggles, PBI/Kevlar flightsuits, crash resistant seats, etc..

With some extra money, a majority of these can be put into police cruisers, with some research. However, at the cost of just $22 US Dollars, the best piece of safety equipment ---> SEAT BELTS SAVE LIVES !!!

To help, you have to arrive alive. My condolences to the family and friends of Officer Stacy Case.

S.S. @ 12/23/2015 12:39 PM

jwebb wow! I guess you were lonely....again. So you decide to say something even if it came outta your a**. Im guessing your not l.e. Go somewhere else and have your fun dumba**.

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