Pedestrian killed by on-duty patrol car

Pedestrian killed by on-duty patrol car

There are 9 comments on the Mid-Hudson News story from Sep 29, 2008, titled Pedestrian killed by on-duty patrol car. In it, Mid-Hudson News reports that:

An on-duty male Village of Maybrook police officer, who was responding to a call of a fight in progress in Maybrook, struck a and killed a pedestrian in the roadway Sunday evening, Montgomery Town Police Chief ...

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Port Jervis, NY

#1 Sep 29, 2008
This officer should have never been going as fast as he was regardless of the fact that he was being called out. The people would have faught regardless and I can say 9 times out of 10 no one would have been killed, but because of him speeding to break it up he took a very young life. A life that was just beginning. A young and vibraint girl who would have helped anyone she could. I know this family and I knew this girl as she was growing up. She was taken way to soon from us all.

Chester, NY

#2 Sep 30, 2008
A part time Officer in a Village with just a couple of Officers assigned. He was probably the only Officer responding to a fight in progress, alone, in the rain.Try walking in his shoes. Wait for the fact from the investigation before you judge him.
Voice Your Right

Stone Ridge, NY

#3 Sep 30, 2008
Definitely agree with Deb, also who is stupid enough to walk across the well known dangerous street while it's raining and at night, who does that, where the place it happened is a straight stretch of road where theres nothing obstructing the victims view, who just walks right out in the middle of the road like that. Also it doesn't state how she crossed the street from where she lives in which is up on top of a bar, which isn't even called apartments because there just rooms with not even kitchens. The thing is i just don't understand how you can't hear the car coming and even the headlights, who cares about the emergency lights, because that shows the the victim never even pay attention to the headlights of the car not alone the emergency lights that were on from a few bystanders who said they seen them. Also how about the comment about the officer speeding, in that area i believe the speed limit is 45, and from what i've heard the investigators think he was only doing 40-50 mph which even 50 mph, it's 5 miles over the speed limit which is nothing. So please, there is a piece missing out of the puzzle here, especially how someone cannot see headlights, emergency lights and to top it off the noise from an approaching car not alone the fact my opinion is that i think the victim thought she could run across the street before the car would come but didn't expect how fast it was. Anyways theres something missing. I wonder how much the settlement is going to be, over a girls life, do you really think money solves the problem or eases the pain, it diffinitely doesn't.

How about the officer and how he is gonna have to live this through his whole life, who also has kids and grandkids, hmmm, do you think he really wanted anything to happen to anyone, who is there to serve the community and keep it safe, it's called an accident for a reason. But i assume someone who was crossing the road wasn't paying attention, seriously there is many evidence to conclude that, like i said no obstruction of view of car, the noise of cars approaching, headlights, emergency lights and a possibility of a siren, so please some is definitely missing.

Brooklyn, NY

#4 Oct 1, 2008
Of course again, if it was a normal citizen we be in jail, but again as the police do the best, make excuses and cover themselves. Can they for once own up an admit they do wrong too. This happened in Saugerties NY to a friend of mine, a State Trooper Crusier hit and killed him, and of course blamed the victim and made tons of excuses for their Trooper. I am sure no police officer wants to hit a pedestrian but admit your fault when you do. I guess that is why we call the Police "Above the Law". God bless her family and I hope that Police Officer have some dignity and own up to his fatal mistake.
Jai F

Kiamesha Lake, NY

#5 Oct 1, 2008
Cops always cause more problems , they don't try to protect us anymore they try to bash us and find anything they can get there nose into. These days its about who has more power and ego in uniform. No Im not saying all cops but most.. After all they are the law , at all means which they always break...Tints, Talking on cell phones, Passing people for the hell of it, Speeding for no reason etc.. They do it all ...What is this life coming to? and by the way It was a montgomery cop..They are the worst cops ever! PIGS! shame on you for killing an innocent girl whos life was taken way to early...But we can look at this in a positive way. Maybe it had to take one innocent life to change the ways of politics and Bullshit! in my eyes people are no longer created = and do you know y? because cops are PIGS

Pleasant Valley, NY

#6 Oct 14, 2008
seriuosproblems with maybrook pd: civil/ constitutional/ human rights violations; falsification investigations/ statements/ incident reports.
what does the public know of officer in charge galagher soliciting sex from a minor and then when caught commits suicide?
or the son of richard lally 27 committing suicide in 1998 with lallys handgun?

these people are public threats and use of a hospital {of which those engaged in civil conspiracy} conduct financial institution fraud by the filing of falsified instruments {called embezzlement}.

bennet an officer of two towns, trained to respond to incidents is attempting to escape prosecution.

Pleasant Valley, NY

#7 Oct 14, 2008
why is an investigation called for as to lights when: inclement weather
b} response?
from reading responses i notice those putting fault on the victim. it is called negligence, and prosecution should be to the fullest extent of the law.

speed? without warning lights? in inclement weather {visibility}- police are not above the law, have no constitutional right to protect citizens and only uphold the law. in the case of maybrook, when it is convenient to do so.

Middletown, NY

#8 Apr 5, 2010
Officer Bennet and the Maybrook PD are currupt. The Cheif of police is a figure head, and doesn't handle anything. Most of the police force (all white), is racist. They arrest people for nothing, falsify things, and the judge in town tells people if you don't plead guilty we're going to charge you with more stuff and send you to jail. It's the only place where you can get rearrested at a court hearing for numerous additional charges. Bennett a cop for 35 years, knows right from wrong. A brawl involving 10 people in Maybrook, it's not the city of Newburgh, and I highly doubt it happened. It was most likely loud kids walking home after a party. It's a very queit town, and they always have more than one officer on duty. The state police, which are closer to the alleged brawl, would have been responding to a call like that NOT MAYBROOK PD. Maybrook PD has an answering service only, not an actual line you can call to have them respond. 911 would dispatch the closest units, IE STATE POLICE because it's the law. TONS of officers work at the state police barracks right outside of town. Bennett is scum, will always be scum, and the reason he is so mentally messed up is because he is a liar. If he told the truth and admitted it was his fault, people would be less angry. The people in this town can't stand him, don't want him hear, and as far as we're concerned we have the Town cops and State police we don't need the Village Police causing problems. As a teenager, and during college officers harassed me on a nightly basis when I came home from school or work. I lived in fear of my protectors. They always cheange the story to benefit themselves, and they back each other up. It's like a frat house, not an organized public office. If you knock on the door for their assistance, you get threatened with arrest because they lock the door and sit on thier butts. Knocking is disorderly conduct. The police CHief's son was even accused of soliciting young girls, where is he now? An officer in Montgomery, slap on the wrist. I worry more about police abuse and teenagers with horny male cops, then registered sex offenders. It's a quiet town and there aren't 10 man brawls. Bennett and the cover up, everyone involed, get over yourselves.
victim of police officer

Carbondale, PA

#9 Aug 7, 2011
i left montgomery where i was the vicitm of not one, but many trashy cops, corrctions officers and state troopers. i'm not even in the state anymore and the narrow minded low class filth followed me. cops are garbage on a good day. the rest of the time, they're just less.

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