Amy and Corey Waldman were riding a motorcycle down US35 in Ohio, when Ohio Highway Patrol Trooper Jacob Daymon ran into the back of their bike with his police cruiser. The resulting impact, which was caught on the cruiser's dash cam, shows the bike's riders thrown off, with the motorcycle, or parts of it, flying up onto the hood.

Trooper Daymon, for what it's worth, does the right thing by pulling over, turning on his lights and backing up, hopefully in order to block the freeway and aid the Waldmans. According to CBS affiliate WHIO, both riders survived and have been released from the hospital, although Amy Waldman required a emergency helicopter to get her to the local trauma center. Corey Waldman was transported via ambulance. Both rider and passenger were wearing helmets - Ohio law doesn't require helmets for motorcyclists - or this story could have been far more tragic.

The question we have is, how did the incident happen in the first place? You can see at the start of the video both the motorcycle and the police cruiser have their lights on. It's not entirely clear just how fast either vehicle was moving, but the cruiser appeared to close up on the bike at quite a high rate of speed.

Take a look at the full video, posted WHIO, down below. Draw your own conclusions, and let us know what you think about the incident in comments.


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      carnut0913
      • 1 Year Ago
      And prosecutors have no charges pending against the officer... lovely. Let's see reckless driving following too closely failure to yield right of way vehicular assault ...
      Gregg
      • 1 Year Ago
      Closing at high speed you say. I say way too high speed. This officer obviously was not paying attention to the road. There lucky at the rate of speed he was going they survived.
      Brex
      • 1 Year Ago
      It seems pretty clear the officer wasn't paying attention to the road and a check of his cell phone and in-car computer activity is warranted. It looks like he's really speeding but if you time the painted lain lines, maybe he isn't. It's difficult to count and time but it looks like about six lines pass by in roughly three seconds. Dashed lines are spaced 40 feet so that's 240 ft. in three seconds which is only 55 mph. But, if it was actually only two seconds that passed, he would be doing 82. Rough indeed.
      Jonathan Wayne
      • 1 Year Ago
      If you or I did this and the people were killed, we would be charged with vehicular manslaughter, however when you are a cop, you walk away scot-free. There really needs to be some sort of independent federal organization that goes after cops so they just can't walk on the BS that they do. They needs to be held to the same standards as the general public.
      David King
      • 1 Year Ago
      It looks as if though Trooper Daymon simply wasn't paying attention
      protovici
      • 1 Year Ago
      How did this incident happen in the first place???? Ummmm, the driver wasn't paying attention. I see a lot of charges coming their way and/or a big lawsuit.
        dukeisduke
        • 1 Year Ago
        @protovici
        The trooper probably closed too fast, the biker braked (nervous/panicked) and got rear-ended. Bikes generally stop faster than cars, so this is what happens when you're not careful (the trooper, that is).
          MJ
          • 1 Year Ago
          @dukeisduke
          This is entirely untrue. Motorcycles do not have shorter stopping distances than cars.
          Radwon
          • 1 Year Ago
          @dukeisduke
          @ MJ: I think you'll find that bikes have much shorter stopping distances. One of the basics taught for your riders license and things to consider when braking with cars around you. Think about it. Lower weight, shorter distance. Heavy weight, longer distance.
          Mark Maxwell
          • 1 Year Ago
          @dukeisduke
          I've wondered about stopping distances for cars vs. motorcycles. One data point: I checked www.policemag.com where they test vehicles for police use. The Harley and BMW motorcycles they tested could stop from 60 mph in approx. 144 feet while three cars they tested stopped from 60 mph in about 128 ft. Having said that, I do not think the problem in this case was stopping distance--it was the trooper not paying attention to the road in front of him.
      R
      • 1 Year Ago
      The motorcycle was doing the speed limit... 55 or so... If you count the white lines in the 3 seconds before impact you get 10 or 11. Each white line is 10 ft long. There is 30 feet between each white line. with 10 white lines the distance he travels in 3 second is 400 feet... if it's 11 white lines it's 440 feet..... 400 feet in 3 seconds = 90 mph. 440 feet in 3 seconds = 100 mph. If you watch the earlier part of the video the white lines are going by even faster. This Trooper is flying... and not paying attention... They are lucky they weren't killed... I wonder what will happen to him ??
        Go2Fast
        • 1 Year Ago
        @R
        thanks for doing the math...I was wondering about that. I also noticed he drifts over the line at least once.
      joe shmoe
      • 1 Year Ago
      stupid officer is lucky the victims are alive.
      Bren Landers
      • 1 Year Ago
      At least they'll get a nice settlement.
      Technoid
      • 1 Year Ago
      Lemme guess: DA is the brother-in-law of this (s/b ex) trooper dude. Looks like he wasn't just following too closely, but *aimed* straight for the cyclists at horrendous and dangerous high-speed with not a care in the world, at night, just like missiles from those drone jocks/monkeys at the comfort of their desks, fresh out of high-school and still high on FPS games. WTF?!? You don't hit even real criminals like that! Where are them sharks when you want them? Drag his punk ass out to court!
      al4gg10
      • 1 Year Ago
      Reckless Driving & Driving A Vehicle With Intent to Injure ! That cop should also get Suspended then Fired after a review of the facts ! No excuse exists for that !
        flychinook
        • 1 Year Ago
        @al4gg10
        That sounds about right. What will actually happen, however, is the matter will be reviewed internally, by other cops who have a vested interest in making the officer look innocent. No wrongdoing will be found, and the cop will get a nice paid vacation out of the deal.
        rjbx
        • 1 Year Ago
        @al4gg10
        Yeah, good luck with that...Remember, the pigs are never wrong.
        Dayv
        • 1 Year Ago
        @al4gg10
        I think "intent to injure" is unlikely to be proven here, and unlikely even to be the case. That said, I think voluntary negligence is a case worth making.
      smkozak
      • 1 Year Ago
      I watched the video a few times and only counted 10 lines which the 10th line happened at the moment of the accident which was at 4 seconds. 10ft per line 30ft in between lines which gives you 370ft in 4 seconds 92.5ft/sec multiply times 5280ft/mile and divide by 3600seconds/hour and you get 63.06 mph average... Even if he did that in 3 seconds he was doing 84mph
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