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Winston

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Aug 2, 2012
 
Deer Park police have charged Taylar Braden with manslaughter for the death of 18-year-old Andreaka Bell in August of last year. Police say eyewitnesses saw Braden drinking at a party before she crashed a car.

Bell and another girl were in the car. Bell was killed and the other girl survived.
"The speed limit on this portion of Pasadena Boulevard was 40 miles per hour and based on the reconstruction and data collected from the scene, Ms Braden was going at least 88 miles per hour," said Assistant Harris County DA Todd Keagle.

Former Deer Park Police Officer Thomas Goodwin was in charge of this case. He resigned last month after being placed on administrative leave, when officers discovered Braden's blood alcohol level was never tested and no eyewitnesses were interviewed.
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Aug 2, 2012
 
Thank you so much for posting this Winston. www.justiceforandreaka.com
LaPorte Resident

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Aug 2, 2012
 
Finally!! Justice for Andreaka. I can't believe it took this long. My love & prayers go out to Andreakas family.
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Aug 2, 2012
 

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Why in the world would the DP cop do NOTHING as far as an investigation? Where were the supervisors and why weren't they asking for the reports? How long had this officer been on the force? And they can do an all out investigation over their refrigerator thief? Shameful!
Jedi

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Aug 2, 2012
 

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Manslaughter? Please... the charge will probably be reduced to something lower by the DA's office. Plus, does drinking automatically mean intoxication? My deepest sympathies for the family, but how will they handle it if Braden ends up with a lower charge? Or, is found innocent?

If you follow statements made by DP to the news, it seems like this officer is taking all the blame for an investigation that usually involves multiple people. Are other officers also on administrative leave? I have looked at the accident report that was linked to on another post, and noticed that the "investigating officer" on that report is different than the name mentioned in the news. So, which officer was in charge of the case? Also, hospital's normally do a drug and alcohol screening when an emergency comes to the ER. What were the results of those tests? That information would prove interesting as to whether Braden was drunk or not.
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Aug 3, 2012
 
Jedi wrote:
Manslaughter? Please... the charge will probably be reduced to something lower by the DA's office. Plus, does drinking automatically mean intoxication? My deepest sympathies for the family, but how will they handle it if Braden ends up with a lower charge? Or, is found innocent?
If you follow statements made by DP to the news, it seems like this officer is taking all the blame for an investigation that usually involves multiple people. Are other officers also on administrative leave? I have looked at the accident report that was linked to on another post, and noticed that the "investigating officer" on that report is different than the name mentioned in the news. So, which officer was in charge of the case? Also, hospital's normally do a drug and alcohol screening when an emergency comes to the ER. What were the results of those tests? That information would prove interesting as to whether Braden was drunk or not.
They put the officer on leave without pay, the he resigned.
Jedi

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Aug 3, 2012
 
Ihhh wrote:
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They put the officer on leave without pay, the he resigned.
That's what that officer decided to do. I just mean that in a large investigation that this one, there are usually several different officers involved, all doing different things so one officer is not responsible for performing all the pieces. And, if there were others officers involved for this accident, who were they? And, are they under internal investigation as well? It just appears that DPPD was quick to blame one officer for the whole failure.
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Aug 3, 2012
 
Jedi wrote:
Manslaughter? Please... the charge will probably be reduced to something lower by the DA's office. Plus, does drinking automatically mean intoxication? My deepest sympathies for the family, but how will they handle it if Braden ends up with a lower charge? Or, is found innocent?
If you follow statements made by DP to the news, it seems like this officer is taking all the blame for an investigation that usually involves multiple people. Are other officers also on administrative leave? I have looked at the accident report that was linked to on another post, and noticed that the "investigating officer" on that report is different than the name mentioned in the news. So, which officer was in charge of the case? Also, hospital's normally do a drug and alcohol screening when an emergency comes to the ER. What were the results of those tests? That information would prove interesting as to whether Braden was drunk or not.
She was underage and shouldn't have been drinking-she was known for her wild ways. Her FB account was public while she was still in the hospital-It was pretty bad.
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Aug 3, 2012
 
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<quoted text>She was underage and shouldn't have been drinking-she was known for her wild ways. Her FB account was public while she was still in the hospital-It was pretty bad.
That may be true, but officers need a reason to perform an intoxication investigation. The decision to perform that type of investigation would have been the decision of the primary responding officers.(which I hear from reliable sources was not the officer mentioned by the news) Plus, if you do a little research, with the crime of DWI by someone under 21, an officer can arrest on the mere presence of the odor of alcohol. So, if there first officers did not smell, or see other evidence that would lead them to believe that Braden might be intoxicated, then she may not have been drunk, or even had enough alcohol to have the smell.
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Aug 3, 2012
 
Jedi wrote:
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That may be true, but officers need a reason to perform an intoxication investigation. The decision to perform that type of investigation would have been the decision of the primary responding officers.(which I hear from reliable sources was not the officer mentioned by the news) Plus, if you do a little research, with the crime of DWI by someone under 21, an officer can arrest on the mere presence of the odor of alcohol. So, if there first officers did not smell, or see other evidence that would lead them to believe that Braden might be intoxicated, then she may not have been drunk, or even had enough alcohol to have the smell.
She was injured badly, so I don't think the cops had a chance to check for anything. She was in a coma for some time-she's very lucky to be alive.
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Aug 3, 2012
 
Jedi wrote:
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That may be true, but officers need a reason to perform an intoxication investigation. The decision to perform that type of investigation would have been the decision of the primary responding officers.(which I hear from reliable sources was not the officer mentioned by the news) Plus, if you do a little research, with the crime of DWI by someone under 21, an officer can arrest on the mere presence of the odor of alcohol. So, if there first officers did not smell, or see other evidence that would lead them to believe that Braden might be intoxicated, then she may not have been drunk, or even had enough alcohol to have the smell.
Umm, they need a reason to perform an intoxication investigation? How about 3 am and a fatality?!??!!?!?!
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Aug 4, 2012
 
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Umm, they need a reason to perform an intoxication investigation? How about 3 am and a fatality?!??!!?!?!
Actually they do. Many fatality accidents are caused, or even associated, with intoxication. For example: a person is on the highway, has a blow out, hits the concrete divider and a passenger in the vehicle dies because of the impact. Driver was sober, but an unfortunate sequence of events resulted in a death. Even if that person was charged with an intoxication related charge, the officers would have to testify as to what was present that led them to initiate an intoxication investigation. If the responding officers had no suspicion, but wanted to "rule it out", that department could be in violation of a person's rights.

Plus, knowing a few DP officers, there is a policy that instructs them that an intoxication investigation should be done during any accident, only if the responding officers suspect alcohol based on evidence or circumstances on scene.
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Aug 4, 2012
 
Jedi wrote:
Manslaughter? Please... the charge will probably be reduced to something lower by the DA's office. Plus, does drinking automatically mean intoxication? My deepest sympathies for the family, but how will they handle it if Braden ends up with a lower charge? Or, is found innocent?
If you follow statements made by DP to the news, it seems like this officer is taking all the blame for an investigation that usually involves multiple people. Are other officers also on administrative leave? I have looked at the accident report that was linked to on another post, and noticed that the "investigating officer" on that report is different than the name mentioned in the news. So, which officer was in charge of the case? Also, hospital's normally do a drug and alcohol screening when an emergency comes to the ER. What were the results of those tests? That information would prove interesting as to whether Braden was drunk or not.
Connor was quoted in the paper saying a blood draw was ordered but never done.
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Aug 4, 2012
 
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<quoted text> Connor was quoted in the paper saying a blood draw was ordered but never done.
Then that must have been the decision of the doctor in charge. It would be interesting to question that doctor as to why the blood draw was not done.
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Aug 14, 2012
 
Andreaka was a heavy partier as well, passed out in the back seat. An eye witness say Taylar passed him going slightly above the speed limit, no way at 88mph. Police best learn physics before making wild accusations.

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Aug 14, 2012
 
Andy - wrote:
Andreaka was a heavy partier as well, passed out in the back seat. An eye witness say Taylar passed him going slightly above the speed limit, no way at 88mph. Police best learn physics before making wild accusations.
With Deer Park PD in charge of any investigation we will never know the truth.
Either way, its very sad when lives are lost and lives are changed in such a way.
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Aug 14, 2012
 
Andy - wrote:
Andreaka was a heavy partier as well, passed out in the back seat. An eye witness say Taylar passed him going slightly above the speed limit, no way at 88mph. Police best learn physics before making wild accusations.
The speed was determined by a scale drawing performed the night of the crash. The drawing is based on evidence suchas skid marks, gouge marks.Police use standardized equations to determine speed based on a scale drawing. If there were witnesses to the vehicle's speed, those witnesses did not come forward to police. The only witnesses that the police spoke with were at the party and did not witness Taylar's driving behavior or speed.
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Aug 15, 2012
 
wondering wrote:
Why in the world would the DP cop do NOTHING as far as an investigation? Where were the supervisors and why weren't they asking for the reports? How long had this officer been on the force? And they can do an all out investigation over their refrigerator thief? Shameful!
When two people have been ejected from a car roll-over and blood is pouring out of their mouth and their skull is cracked open where do you insert the breath-allyzer tube. Sounds like you do not have a lick of common sense or education. Your questions are totally stupid. How intoxicated was Andreaka? She was passed out in the back seat and could even fasten her seat belt.
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Aug 15, 2012
 
Look young people makes mistake no one is the blame except youth.
Jedi

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Aug 16, 2012
 
Andy - wrote:
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When two people have been ejected from a car roll-over and blood is pouring out of their mouth and their skull is cracked open where do you insert the breath-allyzer tube. Sounds like you do not have a lick of common sense or education. Your questions are totally stupid. How intoxicated was Andreaka? She was passed out in the back seat and could even fasten her seat belt.
Bood should have been collected by officers when Taylar was at the hospital. Plus, it does not matter if Andreaka was intoxicated or not, it is the duty of the driver to safely operate a vehicle. It is not illegal for a passenger to be intoxicated inside a vehicle, as long as they remain a passenger.

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