Police: Officer Caused Car Crash

Police: Officer Caused Car Crash

There are 78 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Feb 24, 2007, titled Police: Officer Caused Car Crash. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

The town's canine officer has served a three-day suspension after he was found to be responsible for a December crash that seriously injured the driver of the other car.

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Respectful citizen

Newington, CT

#1 Feb 24, 2007
Officer Fred Gengler is a great asset to the town of Cromwell. It was an accident. Cromwell supports you Fred..
John Carroll

United States

#2 Feb 24, 2007
I disagree. It was society's fault.
Early Childhood Adv

Gales Ferry, CT

#3 Feb 24, 2007
Are you full of beans or what? If it is night time with no adverse weather conditions or sight-line limitations then shoudln't the other driver also been cautious? Sirens and lights on, correct? Or are you stating that he (the officer) was driving recklessly, in the dark, with asolutely no thoughts or awareness of anything or anyone else? I have been on the roads and I can spot blue and red lights behind me or hear sirens even when blasting my radio and when I pull to the side is when others seem to notice. It is quite interesting at times to see drivers keep driving during an emergency situation (whether it is the Police, Fire Truck or an Ambulance) instead of just pulling over and let them through...particularly at exit entrances. Maybe you would like to reacess the situation and take intto consideration that if speed was the only factor then both drivers are at fault! Here are the road rules again, when you hear sirens or see flashing lights, move to the right and stop your vehicle. it is very important when drivers are coming off of exit ramps to consider that they need to slow down...in case you haven't noticed a few people have been runned over at exactly those areas....and if that is the case, then, the sirens would have been heard and red and blues couldn't have been missed.

Ayer, MA

#4 Feb 24, 2007
Is it possible that this is why we have such trouble finding competant candidates for the police academy? The majority of police officers are exemplary indivuals who daily risk their lives for people the don't even know. Yet they are constantly critized and critiqued in, I believe, an unfair way. Please support these men who give so much.
Tired of careless people

Brookfield, CT

#5 Feb 24, 2007
So, lets get right, the fault of one driver causes a serious accident, injuring one person, ruining two automobiles, the insurance will pay some cost, and taxpayers will be paying the rest of the responsibility of a careless person. I don't think so, this is a problem with the laws and insurance companies of our states. This guy needs to pay all the cost of this accident for his stupidity for failure to carry out the law of the roads.
sick of power hungry cops

East Hampton, CT

#6 Apr 18, 2007
gengler is a stuck up prick posing as a wannabe cop - and a k9 at that
cromwell citizen


#7 May 21, 2007
Fred is a fine police officer,it's what he was born to do.To call him "stuck up" and a "wannabe" only goes to show how dealing with the public can be a challange.Dealing with this fellow from Propect is the very thing thats makes being a cop more then just a job.
prospect loser

Niantic, CT

#8 Jun 1, 2007
Why dont you post you real name little tough guy????? You obviously have had many run-ins with the law PUNK
federal man

Niantic, CT

#9 Jun 1, 2007
Fred is one of the hardest working police officers I have ever met. He is also very caring and compassionate. Cromwell is lucky to have such an individual serving the community. I will always have your back Fred!!!

tom pullman

Bolton, CT

#10 Jun 2, 2007
freddy is ready to go back to work and perform his duties as he always will.life comes fast and strange things happen like in his unfortunate situation.so let this by gone be a by gone and let freddy to what he does best...serve his community.

Since: Feb 07

Rocky Hill

#11 Jun 2, 2007
I agree with Federal Man. Fred is a great police officer, and invaluable asset to Cromwell. Glas to hear he is doing well.
substance and police

Fall River, MA

#12 Feb 19, 2008
Officer Fred Gengler caused accident the first thing the officers should do is to check him for susbstance use .I drive for 43 years and never had a accident he is brut and a power raging simpletone

Fall River, MA

#13 Feb 19, 2008
Officer Gengler is nothing short of a criminal and he will have to carry a burden of injuring another human being for the rest of his life how can he live with him self?

Fall River, MA

#14 Feb 19, 2008
not everyone who hates cops have running with a law just watch cops and see how they brutalize individuals
criminal COP

Fall River, MA

#15 Feb 19, 2008
Gengler was torturing one individual years back Im not suprise that the only punishment the good ol' boys police network gave him 3 days suspension (most likely with pay)
Josh Cahill

Amston, CT

#16 Feb 19, 2008
substance and police wrote:
Officer Fred Gengler caused accident the first thing the officers should do is to check him for susbstance use .I drive for 43 years and never had a accident he is brut and a power raging simpletone
Let me guess. Gengler kicked your a$$ recently? Good for him. You sound stupid and probably deserved every bit of it.
Fed up in CT

Avon, CT

#17 Feb 19, 2008
Oh so this is where all the cop bashers have been hiding...I was looking for them in the Newington and East Windsor articles where the cops caught the stick-up men and bank robbers. It was an accident you morons...

Colchester, VT

#18 Jul 19, 2008
Gengle its a idiot just look at his stupid face expression yes he's a simpletone really bad people as someone stated above ''power hungry simpletone'' I agree!

Plainville, CT

#19 Jul 27, 2008
i must agree gengler is a idiot ppl of Cromwell should be asking themselves a question would they like to be protected against criminal element by such a idiot.Bcause of him my uncle will always struggle for the rest of his life,he caused a accident which caused my uncle to be a handicap 4 the rest of his life.Quess what punishment he got? 3 days of paid suspention i bet he went out fishing shame sham shame
corpus christi

Beverly, MA

#20 Jul 15, 2009
No justice no peace!

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