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Officer charged with theft from fatal motorcycle accident victim

Posted by Thomas Pettinicchi of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Dec 13, 2012 in Motorcycle Accidents

A 49-year-old man died in a tragic accident while riding his motorcycle recently. The motorcycle accident took place in Fairfield, Connecticut, close to exit 44 on the Merritt Parkway. Police reports indicated that the motorcyclist drove his bike into the rear of a truck he was traveling behind.

Emergency responders rushed to the scene, giving him treatment at the scene before transporting him to a nearby hospital. Efforts to save him were unavailing, and he was declared dead shortly thereafter. Sadly, motorcycle accidents are often fatal, and in many cases result from the negligence of other motorists or their failure to make an effort to share the road safely.

To add insult to injury, the victim's family indicated after the accident that jewelry and money that they believed he was carrying appeared to be missing, along with certain items of clothing. An investigation concluded with the lodging of criminal charges of two counts of third-degree larceny being lodged against a 43-year-old state trooper who had been at the scene of the accident. He was also accused of evidence tampering and interfering with a police investigation. 

The trooper arrested has been an employee of the state police for 18 years, and previously served as a vice president of the union representing state police officers. He was arrested and then released on $5,000 bail pending trial.

Investigators said that the clothing reported missing from the accident victim subsequently turned up at the hospital, but that a large quantity of cash was recovered from the state trooper's car. They claimed that they found the missing jewelry, which they believed the trooper had taken and then failed to log in as evidence as required.

Source:, "State Trooper Arrested, Charged With Stealing Jewelry From Victim In Fatal Crash," Stephen Busemeyer, Nov. 29, 2012

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