An 18-year-old Brooklyn man crashes his car, killing the passenger, trying to flee from police.
An Brooklyn teen man faces multiple charges after he crashed his car, killing the passenger, in attempts to flee from Bernards Township Police Wednesday evening, authorities say.
Shern Noel, of Pulaski Street, is charged with death By vehicular homicide, knowingly leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident resulting in death, eluding police, aggravated assault, and endangering an injured victim.
The victim has not yet been identified.
It was around 8:57 p.m. when a Bernards Township patrol officer observed a 2013 Honda Accord with tinted windows parked in a Martinsville Road gas station with an expired New York tags.
The officer followed the driver, Noel, as he exited the parking lot.
“Once on Valley Road, the officer activated his emergency lights in an attempt to pull over the vehicle and it’s two occupants,” according to the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office. “As the patrol unit approached the vehicle defendant Noel accelerated attempting to flee the area.”
Additional patrol units were dispatched to search for the vehicle, which was found moments later parked in a cul-de-sac with the lights off. Once spotted, Noel fled at a high speed out of the cul-de-sac and his vehicle was found minutes later, crashed, on Stonehouse Road near Columbia Road.
The front seat passenger was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead on the scene. Noel fled the scene and was found in a wooded area by police. He was transported to an area hospital for a wrist injury.
.Police Persuits Crashes 2014
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- Driver decapitated after police chase in Brooklyn ends at the rear of a flatbed truck – Brooklyn, NY. Gowanus Expressway, June 25, 2014
- Teenage Driver Fleeing Police Kills 4-Year-Old Girl At Amsterdam & 97th – Upper West Side Manhattan, NY.June 4th, 2013
.Facts About Police Pursuits
• Crashes as a result of police chases and police response calls kill more than one person a day, and one-third of the people killed are innocent bystanders.
• On average, these crashes kill one officer every six weeks.
• According to a 2004 Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center analysis of nine years of national statistics [submitted on a voluntary basis], “One third of these pursuit fatalities occur to innocent bystanders.”
• The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gathers pursuit fatalities on a voluntary basis. A 2002 FBI Bulletin notes, “The absence of mandatory reporting hampers the government’s ability to track the actual number of deaths.” Under-reporting of pursuit fatalities still exists today. According to NHTSA, crashes as a result of police pursuits kill at least one person a day. Sometimes, it is more than one person a day. Of those killed, at least a third are innocent bystanders.
• PursuitSAFETY no longer uploads data from NHTSA, since the data is incomplete.
A police officer that engages in the pursuit of a motor vehicle participates in one of the most hazardous of all police duties. Pursuit has been vilified by plaintiff’s attorneys and the media as irresponsible, reckless and unnecessarily dangerous, while at the same time the practice is defended by police officers as necessary for the apprehension of many suspects that are unwilling to immediately yield to an officer’s signal to stop.
Police administrators are caught in the middle, wanting to provide essential options for their officers, while meeting their obligation to direct and control a potentially hazardous activity. Read more by the Police Policy’s Studies Council.
police’s decision to chase at all.
Paul Ajlouny, New York car accident lawyer, offers some facts of his own on police car chases. “The NYPD instructs its officers, to weigh the dangers of a situation carefully before deciding to ensue a pursuit through crowded NYC streets. Pursue or let the suspect get away?”
You’re shooting through New York streets in a 2,000-pound missile,” so you’ve got to have a pretty serious reason to do chase. Sadly, as seen across NY State police chases often end in serious injury or death.”, says Mr. Ajlouny. ”