Crafton police officer charged in hit...

Crafton police officer charged in hit-and-run

There are 7619 comments on the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review story from Jul 3, 2009, titled Crafton police officer charged in hit-and-run. In it, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that:

Pittsburgh Police arrested a Crafton Police officer this morning on charges he struck and killed a 24-year-old man with his vehicle, then fled from the scene, two years ago in the South Side.

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“The Dirty "O”

Since: Mar 09

Zelienople, PA

#22 Jul 8, 2009
Chances are if they would of did the right thing and stopped, the other cars could of avoided hitting him a second and third time, we will never know.
UPSET

Pittsburgh, PA

#23 Jul 8, 2009
I hear he was at the HOP HOUSE on Noblestown Rd, right by his house. I think everyone should look at the big picture. If he had stopped, maybe the young man would still be alive today. The cop is not the victim here, it's the young man and the Hall family. Then to try to cover it up by fixing his own car, come now. He needs to go to PRISON.
G from POR

Silver Spring, MD

#24 Jul 8, 2009
The truth is, from a completely morally void standpoint, running away makes sense. The law is set up so that if you run away and are caught later, you can likely only be charged with hit & run. If he would have stopped, and he was intoxicated, which he likely was, he could have been charged with manslaugther, possibly murder depending on the state laws. So he got himself out of a lot of trouble by running, even though he got caught later. How do you fix that? You could charge people with murder whenever they run, regardless if you can prove they were high/drunk. But I don't see that happening.

I'm not condoning this guy's behavior. Anyone with a conscience would have stopped. I know I would have. Actually, I don't drive drunk, so it wouldn't have happened in the first place. As for his friends, if they are cops as well, if they're not charged they should at least lose their jobs and never be permitted to wear a badge again.

“The Dirty "O”

Since: Mar 09

Zelienople, PA

#25 Jul 8, 2009
If he was not under the influence of any substance, the ruling might of been involuntary manslaughter. If the accident was deemed unavoidable he might of been released without charge.
But when someone dies in a accident a blood test is usually given to the drivers automatically.
In a case in Lawrenceville were a child ran out between two parked cars and was killed, the driver was not charged.
embarrased

Pittsburgh, PA

#26 Jul 8, 2009
this officer is a embarrasment to all officers..i am not a officer but we just lost 3 2 monts ago doing there job with respect of the badge and they lost there lives.. this guy took a life and lived his life for 2 years happy and carefree..not only did this give all police officers a black eye it gave the crafton pd a blackeye.. its a real shame i know all the crafton officers and this is not fair to them .. a verry selfish act..

“Sub sinks at the Point. ”

Since: Sep 08

Pittsburgh DUH!!

#27 Jul 8, 2009
He hasnt even been fired!!

Suspended with Pay..

oh yeah But if you ran over some cop and ran off,, they wouldnt even be a bond set for sorry ass..
Cathy Woodstock Ct

Woodstock, CT

#28 Jul 8, 2009
David was my baby cousin also. He was someone I loved dearly, think about often, and miss a whole lot, as does my whole family and anybody who knew him. We lost a part of our family, and a part of our hearts when we lost him.He was a young man with a great heart and a whole lot of love.
When the accident first happened we thought that was just what it was an accident and the person was just scared to come forward. We understood it, and my aunt and uncle were not going to press charges if the person confessed. They are awesomely understanding and compassionate people and do not deserve to be going thru this right now. My heart goes out to them and I wish I lived a whole lot closer to try and help them go thru this.
The crooked cop who took his life is a weak, no good coward. If he was any kind of officer, man, human being, if he had feelings, he would have tried to do something to help, at least stop and have someone else help if he was unable to, given the situation. Instead he and 10 friends,(I myself do not believe he was the only cop involved), went back to a bar for a drink or two, procced to drink and drive, After they KILLED David!!! They Then procceeded to go and get his truck fixed and get more pple involved!! Then After He Confessed when he was being Put in Handcuffs he wanted to work his shift that night!! He is one sick human being without a soul, He will get his, whether it's from the inmate Bubba, or from God,he will pay, the whole situation will come back and bite him where the sun doesn't shine, Like it has already started to do. Also, if I was his friend that had his sketch put out all over the news, saying I was the guy that did it, I would be kind of Pi$$ed off!! I hope that was the man who ratted him out. I hope all involved get the maximum sentance, I hope the judge makes an example of these lowlives and I hope that they can't sleep at night knowing what they did and what they covered up, knowing they killed a kid with his whole life infront of him.
When it's time to meet their maker, I hope that some SUV comes barreling alongside a bus and smacks right into them followed by 2 more cars, then that maker sends them Straight to hell, which is probably too good a place for any of these people. To the person who said this man is a good man, you need to open your eyes!! He is one Sick Sick man!!!!
kliz

Pittsburgh, PA

#29 Jul 8, 2009
Breeden is trash, garbage, a lowlife pig. How could he be a police officer?! He should at the least be FIRED, at most, get a 20 year prison sentence for murder, hit-and-run and fleeing the scene. What a weak, pitiful, cowardly "man."

“Sub sinks at the Point. ”

Since: Sep 08

Pittsburgh DUH!!

#30 Jul 9, 2009
what a sick double standard society we live in..
UPSET

Pittsburgh, PA

#32 Jul 9, 2009
Folks in Crafton should be proud. They have a ass for a police chief never works weekends or nights,and now a hit and run drunk killer for a patrol man. Wow whats next in Crafton. I hear the old saying is no crime in crafton. Of course not DLB was on duty. LOng live clean Ingram.
Sue

Willimantic, CT

#33 Jul 9, 2009
David Hall was my nephew. He is dearly missed by his Mom, Dad, sister and family. To find out after 2 yrs that it was a police officer who hit Dave and left the scene is very disturbing to me. I am sure he must have watched the news and heard Rob and Jac ask him to come forward for his own sake and that they held no ill feelings towards him. Why didn't he come forward? If he hadn't left the scene and covered it all up he wouldn't be in jail today. And the aquaintances involved should also be arrested for aiding and abeting in helping him. All of this to keep his job? HMMM! He has to answer to God and so don't his friends. We know that David is with Jesus and a much better place, but we all miss him so very much...he was a very special young man. I am thankful for the annonymous tip given the police and for finally having answers as who, and why questions Jacquie and Rob have had for almost 2yrs. This does not bring closure to the family but brings justice to our David. May God's will be done for Donnie Breeden and the ppl who helped him.
Krakus

United States

#34 Jul 9, 2009
And if justice is served, he will have cause to sincerely regret his cowardice.
Krakus

United States

#35 Jul 9, 2009
Dont judge wrote:
I know Officer Breeden he is a good person. Him being a police officier should not affect what happened.
Really? It most certianly should have affected what happened... he knows the law, and that what he did was wrong. And it should most certianly affect whether or not he remains a police officer.
Krakus

United States

#36 Jul 9, 2009
And if it was just the shock and confusion of the moment, as some have posted, I would argue nearly two years is an awfully long time to take to come to the realization what you did was wrong!
Cathy Woodstock Ct

Ludlow, MA

#37 Jul 9, 2009
I heard this mans mother bailed him out of trouble once upon a time. I wonder what she and his family think about him now? I also wonder if she helped him cover this up? Lets see if she can get him out of this jam?
anonymous

Surprise, AZ

#38 Jul 10, 2009
you know what, donny is one of the best human beings i have ever talked to and have been friends with my whole life. why was this guy in the middle of the road at 1140pm? maybe he had no idea what he hit and he may have not had anything to do with this person's death, the 2 cars after him may have killed him, ever think of that?????

“The Dirty "O”

Since: Mar 09

Pittsburgh, PA

#39 Jul 10, 2009
It's your constitutional right to have your own opinion , why don't you go to the jail and put some money in his commissary account so he can eat some better food.
anonymous

Surprise, AZ

#40 Jul 10, 2009
your all idiots, whether or not donny hit the guy, he shouldnt have been ib the damn street to begin with. he got hit twice after that, are you all idiots? he didnt kill him, he killed himself, regardless if breeden stopped or not. officer breeden came back to the scene. he checked on things, left again, what was he going to do??? he does share some blame, along with the 2 other cars that hit the victim, as well as the victim himself for running out in the street, cmon open your eyes people
anonymous

Surprise, AZ

#41 Jul 10, 2009
and by the way, this just happened with a cleveland browns football player in miami fla. and he got 30 days in jail, and was convicted of dui and man slaughter for hitting a 70 some year old. ahhh i dont think a dui can be proven in this situation and i dont see officer breeden gettin anything really, the guy shouldnt have been in the fricken street!!!!.

“The Dirty "O”

Since: Mar 09

Pittsburgh, PA

#42 Jul 10, 2009
The lady doth protest too much, methinks.

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