An officer with the Dover (DE) Police Department has been charged with manslaughter, third-degree assault, speeding, and second offense using an electronic device while operating a motor vehicle.

According to Delaware State News, 29-year-old Frederick Pierce caused a chain-reaction crash in September when his 2018 Chevrolet Silverado struck a 2009 Ford Flex, causing the smaller car to collide with a UPS truck. 

The driver of the Flex—Catina Isaacs—was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two other drivers suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Attorney Scott Wilson—who represents Pierce—said, "Fred is extremely remorseful for this and there’s no disputing he caused the accident. He accepts responsibility for that. However this is a traffic accident that is grossly overcharged since a statute enacted for death by motor vehicle by legislators was intended to cover a situation where it was an accident."

Pierce is currently on unpaid administrative leave.