NCHP Crash Investigation
The North Carolina Highway Patrol investigation into the deadly crash that killed an Asheville police officer reveals new details about how it happened. The investigation's partial report posted on the state Department of Public Safety website says he was traveling at 70 miles and hour and was not wearing a seat belt. It also says he swerved to avoid traffic before he slammed into a guardrail and his car went over the rail on the Captain Jeff Bowen bridge.
Officer Robert Bingaman died in the October 29th crash. Police have said he was not running his lights or siren. The investigation reveals the speed limit was 50 mph and that his car was traveling 68 mph at the point of impact.
"We may never know exactly what happened leading up to his accident but we do know officer Bingaman was assigned to work traffic in the area known for vehicular crashes," said Chief William Anderson in a video statement released about the findings.
Anderson says they're looking into the tragic crash and will learn from it making his department better in the end.
By Frank Fraboni
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