Man Dies After Being Hit By Police Car

The Dallas County Medical Examiner’s office says the man whose jeep was rear-ended by a Dallas Police car this morning has died.  59-year old Terry Glover died this morning during surgery.  A little after 2 a.m. the man’s Jeep was stopped right in the middle of South Polk, a few blocks south of Camp Wisdom Road. The Dallas squad car, with two officers inside, was on its way to a call when it slammed into the back of the SUV whose driver was taken to Methodist Central Hospital in Dallas.
Assistant Chief Tom Lawrence says the officer behind the wheel is now on desk duty, pending the outcome of an investigation. Lawrence admits after seeing the dashcam video, it was obvious there was a disabled vehicle in the road.
The two officers were not seriously injured.

The video below shows the accident from the police dashcam.  The cars hit about 30 seconds into the video.

  • Duckman

    This had to be a case of distracted driving, because the hazard lights on the disabled vehicle were in view of the camera for at least 5 seconds (maybe more visible to the driver for longer). Cops have a lot going on in the vehicle, but keeping eyes on the road is most important.

    • klo

      Yeah, they probably had their eyes on the computer in the car, and they worry about us using cell phones.

  • susan thompson

    looks like they just didn’t have time to react.

  • jg

    The topography of the roadway seems to blend the hazard lights near the same elevation as the street lamps at a distant.
    The hazard lights are not as clear and are weak and not as visible as full strength. Older clouded over lens and low battery amps can cause that. It also did not help that the vehicle was dark in color.
    This, in my opinion, is a combination of factors of which does not exclude lack of awareness.

  • jg

    and DPD was drive beyond the posted speed for that stretch of roadway. Dashcam notes 47+ mph.

  • L

    Stupid ass cops

  • Nexxus

    Who in their right mind would sit in a disabled vehicle in the center lane at any hour?! If your car is disabled, you should move as far away from the roadway as possible (into a parking lot, business, field etc). Even standing on the shoulder could be fatal with all the idiots out there driving.

  • Texas Driver

    In all my years of driving, I have never had my vehicle just come to a dead stop in the roadway. There is always some indication that the vehicle is about to die. The driver should have recognized this and should have been prepared to coast to the side of the roadway. I give the driver of the disabled vehicle 90% of the blame for this tragedy.

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