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Pennsylvania Trooper Investigated in Deadly Turnpike Crash. Possible DUI.

A Pennsylvania State Trooper is being investigated for his alleged role in a deadly car crash last Friday night on the Pennsylvania Turnpike outside of Philadelphia.

Authorities say Trooper Searfoss has been placed on desk duty pending the outcome of the investigation.

"As I got closer there was a lot of debris on the road and it was a large fire," Shavin Duffy of West Chester, Pa. said. "I couldn't see, obviously, into the car, I was hoping the person had
gotten out cause I did see someone standing in the left lane near the car, but I couldn't tell if someone was in the car," Duffy said. Authorities say 21-year-old Robin Williams of the Logan section was killed after Barry Searfoss, an off-duty state trooper, rear-ended her 1997 Lincoln Town car with his 2003 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck.

He was taken into custody for suspicion of driving under the influence.

While authorities say the off-duty trooper has not been charged pending results of blood tests, Williams' relatives wanted to warn people in general about drinking and driving. "People please take driving and drinking very seriously," McNeil said. "Please, please I beg you. I lost my baby, I loved her and she loved her family," Thomas said.

The Montgomery County D.A.'s office is assisting in the investigation.

http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/local&id=8673106



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Added: May-23-2012 Occurred On: May-18-2012
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  • This is one to watch. Will this police officer who has killed an innocent by driving drunk be treated equally under the law as would any other citizen?

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    • @NotJim - yep, that's want I want to see - if he gets a slap on the wrist or not.

      current PA vehicular homicide laws:

      0 to 10 years.

      Homicide by Vehicle While Driving Under the Influence: 2nd Degree Felony, Not more than 10 years and/or not more than $25,000.

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  • reminds me of a few years ago where a bunch of local cops around here were filmed having a little drinking party in uniform in cruisers, when they noticed some kids filming them they chased them down and they threatened them.
    heres the article http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2007/01/22/peelpolice.html
    "A total of 24 officers, including two sergeants, have been charged under the act. Charges range from neglect of duty and corrupt practice, to deceit and discreditable conduct, af More..

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  • police abuse?

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  • just wondering if he was DUI, how it will be handled.

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  • That's tragic. RIP

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