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Dashcam Captures Fatal Crash

An accident report released Monday by the North Carolina Highway Patrol shows that a state trooper was speeding before an accident that killed a woman near Rocky Mount last Tuesday night.

According to the accident report, Trooper Arnold Sylvester Samuel was traveling at 53 miles per hour in a 45 miles per hour zone when he slammed into the car driven by 59-year-old Maurilia Solis Leon. The report also showed Leon failed to yield the right of way.

The dashcam video that the NCHP released Monday showed Trooper Samuel driving north on Highway 301 and suddenly crashing into the driver's side of Leon's 2002 Dodge Stratus. Leon had pulled out in front of the trooper from the parking lot of a Golden Corral restaurant, the report
states.

The Patrol has stated that Samuel was not en route to a call at the time of the crash.

The trooper suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

The preliminary investigation showed both drivers were wearing their seatbelts and alcohol was not a factor in the collision.

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Added: Mar-13-2012 Occurred On: Mar-6-2012
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Tags: crash, cop, trooper, nchp, dui, fatal crash, caught on tape, raw video, dashcam
Location: Rocky Mt, North Carolina, United States (load item map)
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  • The direction of the intruding car made it about impossible to see the head or tail lights on approach, until it was too late.

    Fault of driver randomly crossing divided highway 99.998%
    Fault of cop for going 53 in a 45 0.002%

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    • @Punky Rooster
      Spot on, would have had the same result if he was going 45.

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    • @Punky Rooster ...all cars have side marker lights and it was painted white and there were street light. Cop was asleep - probably no skid marks.

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    • @SOONER3 And a vehicle speedometer is often inaccurate by 5 MPH or more. This was not "speeding."

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    • @Nepean109 cop obviously not asleep. you can see him swerve at last second. just so everyone knows..speeding or not speeding...FAILURE TO YIELD trumps all. cop could have been doing 100. would he have been wrong? sure. BUT..failure to yield to traffic that has the right of way...regardless of that traffics speed, trumps everything.

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  • What in the wide world of sports was she doing? R.I.P to her but wtf kind of move was she making there?

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  • Unfortunate and unavoidable

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  • Why is everyone blaming the State Trooper. 53 in a 45 so what. Almost completely stopped broadside, blocking two lanes of traffic, and almost impossible to see. Duh, what did you think would happen... Now the family will sue and get millions for her stupidity.

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  • What was the woman doing stopped in a travel lane in the first place? It could've happened to anybody in that circumstance.

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  • Woman was turning left from the outside lane. This accident is entirely her fault.

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  • What was the last thing that went through her mind?

    The light bar!

    <rimshot>

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  • what the hell is that turtle doing in the middle of an high way?

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  • What the fuck was that dumb bitch doing in the middle of the road? Can't blame the trooper for this one.

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    • @mentiroso trooper shouldn't have been speeding... idiot.

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    • @Gimballock 8 mph is hardly reckless. You know that if a cop pulled you over for 8 mph over you'd be pissed. Hell, isn't the rule of thumb that you can go 5mph over and usually not expect to get a ticket? Really an unfortunate incident. But really, what was she thinking by crawling into the middle of the road on a dark night?

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    • @mentiroso

      She made a mistake, we agree.

      But show some respect for someone who is death now, meaningless motherufker

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  • 53 miles per hour in a 45

    8 miles and hour would not have changed the outcome of someone pulling out and failure to yield on a dark night. Am sorry for her and her family but to say it was the officers fault is just wrong.

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    • @Biker15k

      True... Agreed...

      But I'll put a spin on that..

      IF he was travelling 45 m/h... He wouldn't have gotten to that spot at that time.

      Had he been travelling those 8m/h less...The vehicle crossing the road would have enough time to cross those lanes before the cruiser ever got there...

      Cheers.

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    • @figatomek That makes about as much sense as if she wouldn't have gone back for 3rds at Golden Corral she would've left much earlier and not been there either..

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    • @figatomek

      Yeah, and had she got her bill quicker at the Golden Corral she would have left sooner thus avoiding the trooper. Should we bring in the waiter/waitress from the restaurant and question them too?

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    • @bignaps

      Yes

      Yes we should.

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  • Shit. From the side you just couldn't see the car until his headlights lit it up.

    What the hell was she thinking just sitting there.

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  • Sorry for the lady but she screwed up. Can't hang this one on any one but her. Even turn signals could have saved her.

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  • He wasn't speeding that much and 5-7 miles an hour slower wouldn't have made a difference considering she basically parked her car right in the middle of the road and directly in the officers path.

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  • If you consider 8 over a contributing factor in the crash the unfortunate driver who got killed has most of the fault for sitting out there in traffic.

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  • the fuck is this woman doing, the F lady wtf

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  • Just an unfortunate accident.

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  • Spooky how the car just emerges from the darkness all of a sudden. I swear streetlights just make the dark even more dangerous. Particularly in the rain when you've got water on your windshield and the glare is coming at you from all different directions.

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  • Why did she pull out and stop in the middle of the road!? Suicide?

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  • seems like a good place to put a stop light or stop sign. either way, never stop in the middle of a HIGHWAY.

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  • Watched the video 10 times ... the first moment I realize there's an obstacle is 2 seconds prior impact ... no chance to react, even on coke

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  • If it it had been anyone but a cop, this wouldn't have made the news. The victim is clearly at fault.

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  • To those who are asking why the cop didn't see her sooner, as someone from a small town with poorly lit roads, it is VERY difficult to see anything at night until you're nearly on top of it. High beams help, but you can't have them on with opposing traffic. RIP but...holy crap, not a good idea, lady.

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  • Not the Cops fault even if he was "speeding" by 8mi/h

    Poor woman though and poor bastard that has to live with it for ever, but it was her fault alone

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  • Unfortunate accident but '53 in a 45'? State troopers will give you 9 before they cite you. This woman was sitting in the middle of the road and she got hit right in the driver's door, which is the worst place to get hit.

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