Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

April 30, 2014

Police investigating squad car crash

Officer, one other driver injured

From staff reports
Kokomo Tribune

---- — Kokomo police are investigating a Friday morning crash involving a police squad car, which injured a driver and a police officer.

A crash report released Tuesday indicates KPD Officer Chad VanCamp rear-ended a 1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass around 10:41 a.m. Friday on Dixon Road.

Neither VanCamp nor the driver of the Cutlass, Allison Beachy, 22, Kokomo, was seriously injured. Both complained of pain in the aftermath of the collision.

The crash report indicates Beachy had stopped in the left-hand lane of Dixon to turn left onto West Carter Street when VanCamp ran into the back of her vehicle, shearing off a rear tire and pushing the car 116 feet to the north along Dixon. VanCamp’s squad car was also heavily damaged and towed to the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

VanCamp told the investigating officer, Troy Hintz, that he thought Beachy was going to turn left and took his eye off the road. When she stopped to wait for oncoming southbound traffic instead of turning right away, VanCamp ran into her.

KPD Chief Rob Baker declined to comment on the crash Tuesday, saying he is waiting for the results of an internal investigation.

Baker said more than likely, a professional standards investigation will be conducted into the crash. He said he’ll wait until it’s completed to decide on any further action.

Hintz said two other drivers witnessed the crash and were interviewed by KPD detectives. The witness statements weren’t included in the crash report. Hintz said VanCamp didn’t start braking until the moment before impact, judging from tire marks at the crash scene.