N.J. trooper is cited in fatal crash

N.J. trooper is cited in fatal crash

There are 458 comments on the Philadelphia Inquirer story from Oct 24, 2006, titled N.J. trooper is cited in fatal crash. In it, Philadelphia Inquirer reports that:

Authorities issued traffic tickets yesterday to a state trooper who allegedly ran a stop sign and killed two teenage sisters when his police cruiser crashed into their minivan.

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Disgusted

Philadelphia, PA

#1 Oct 25, 2006
Two meaningless traffic tickets, that's it? Let's be serious. HE KNEW THE STOP SIGN WAS THERE! HE MADE A CONCIOUS DECISION TO RUN THE SIGN! THIS RESULTED IN TWO DEATHS! WHERE ARE THE DOUBLE MANSLAUGHTER CHARGES? The prosecutor has not only condoned this dirt bags actions but has also sent a clear message to all cops that it's ok to slaughter us at will. When this first happened it was shocking, later it became sad. At this point all I feel is contempt for all cops and prosecutors.

I hear this Trooper Deathbee is on suicide watch. Can I watch? Please? Why not let him? Justice would be served, the prosecutor wouldnt have to do anything and we all could begin the healing process.
ANONYMOUS

United States

#2 Oct 25, 2006
Hello Disgusted,
You are absolutely correct. But the tickets are simply a formality so as not to allow the statue of limitations to expire without doing anything. The criminal portion of the investigation is not completed. I am certain that this DEADBEAT TROOPER will be charged with VEHICULAR HOMICIDE. What we are dealing with is a "COWARD" who is now hiding behind the law he violated but swore to uphold. He didn't even have the decency to call the children's mother and apologize for his actions. As I said this is not a MAN but a COWARD.

In any event keep up your beautiful words.
Festering Mistrust

Philadelphia, PA

#3 Oct 25, 2006
Taylor said.'Anybody who suggests we should rush and file charges just for the sake of speed, I don't think is doing justice or doing a thorough job in the investigation.'

Liar! Wake up! Its been four weeks! Delay is the first step in a cover-up. Taylor is simply waiting for this to die down and go away. By keeping the investigation going indefinitely he can keep the facts from public scrutiny. Taylor is only letting this wound get infected with anger and mistrust. He is no better than Trooper Deathbee. If there are any good cops out there, they must be embarrassed to be associated with Deathbee and Traitor.
saddened

Auburn Hills, MI

#4 Nov 2, 2006
I wish you could all be as mature and educated as the girl's mother is. She doesn't even feel this way towards the Trooper, she said that "her heart bleeds for his family", it saddens me to see so many people turn to hate for a man who caused an ACCIDENT. I guess you are all saints and have never caused an accident or made a mistake. For the record, you can't charge someone with double manslaughter if they are not drunk, drugged, or it is not out of malice or intent. We still do not know all of the facts in this case. Most cops out there are good cops, "Festering Mistrust", and as most of them are aware all too well that accidents happen, they are not embarrassed to be associated with Tpr. Higbee. I, however, am embarassed at how many immature and simple-minded people are in this world.
Another Concerned Citizen

United States

#5 Nov 7, 2006
If they are not embarassed to be associated with trooper Higbee then there is something wrong. The facts of the case are simple: Trooper Higbee ran a stop sign at a high rate of speed hit the van and killed two sisters. Investigation is a prelude to a cover up. This was not an accident, this was murder. Higbee elected to speed and go through the stop sign. He accelerated when he realized he wasn't going to make it through the intersection, in an attempt to miss the girl's van. All decisions were conscious decisions. That is murder.
Concerning "accidents" we all pay for our mistakes, is Higbee going to pay for his mistake?
However, I too feel heartache for the trooper's family because they too are victims of this tradegy.
saddened wrote:
I wish you could all be as mature and educated as the girl's mother is. She doesn't even feel this way towards the Trooper, she said that "her heart bleeds for his family", it saddens me to see so many people turn to hate for a man who caused an ACCIDENT. I guess you are all saints and have never caused an accident or made a mistake. For the record, you can't charge someone with double manslaughter if they are not drunk, drugged, or it is not out of malice or intent. We still do not know all of the facts in this case. Most cops out there are good cops, "Festering Mistrust", and as most of them are aware all too well that accidents happen, they are not embarrassed to be associated with Tpr. Higbee. I, however, am embarassed at how many immature and simple-minded people are in this world.
Debbie D

Reston, VA

#6 Nov 8, 2006
In Case some of you didn't get to read this here it is

(Published: November 4, 2006)
UPPER TOWNSHIP — The best witnesses to a crash that killed two township sisters might be the cars themselves.
Cape May County prosecutors are turning their attention to airbag sensors in the State Police cruiser and the teenagers' minivan that collided Sept. 27.
Police said Trooper Robert Higbee ran a stop sign on Stagecoach Road, striking a minivan and killing the driver, Jacqueline Becker, 17, and her sister, Christina Becker, 19.
Higbee was cited last week for careless driving and failure to stop. But data from each vehicle's “black box,” an array of sensors routinely found with airbags, might help prosecutors determine whether Higbee should face more serious, criminal charges as well.
As with airplanes, this black box — called an event data recorder — measures things such as vehicle speed that can be helpful in an accident investigation. Since the cruiser is state property, investigators did not need a court order to retrieve its recorder.
The teenagers' grandparents, who own the minivan, gave police consent to examine that vehicle's data, Assistant Cape May County Prosecutor J. David Meyer said.
His office routinely uses this information in fatal-crash investigations, Meyer said. But many drivers might be surprised to learn their own cars effectively can testify against them in court.
“It's no different from fingerprints or DNA,” Meyer said.
These devices record an array of measurements immediately before, during and after a crash. Depending on the car manufacturer, the devices record among other things:
n The car's speed.
n The change in crash speed.
n The engine's revolutions per minute.
n Whether the brake or accelerator was depressed before or upon impact.
n Whether the driver's seat belt was buckled.
n The number of impacts and time between impacts.
More advanced data recorders can measure sideways acceleration or force, whether a car's anti-lock braking system worked and what steering operations occurred moments before a crash.
All information collected by the recorder belongs to the car's owner. Typically, this data is encrypted to protect the device's intellectual property in the competitive automotive industry.
Meyer said some automakers lend software to his office so his investigators can download the data themselves after crashes. But in this case, the two automakers — DaimlerChrysler and Ford — have their own specialists who recover information from the devices, Meyer said.
Meyer said it could take several more weeks to retrieve the data. Information gleaned from these recorders often proves more reliable than witness testimony, particularly when it comes to speed. Meyer said people's perceptions of speed are often influenced by engine noise, which has little to do with how fast a vehicle is actually traveling.
“It can be the only objective measure one has,” he said.
The trooper's lawyer, William Subin of Atlantic City, said he supports the prosecutor's decision to pull data from the police cruiser's black box.
“Any information that can be ascertained in a scientific way is appropriate for consideration,” Subin said.“As we all know, witnesses are subject to variables because we are human. Events that are traumatic, sometimes our observations are affected by emotions. I haven't seen any witness statements but certainly scientific evidence is very important in this case.”
Meanwhile, Higbee returned to work this week in a limited-duty assignment, Subin said.
To e-mail Michael Miller at The Press:
Yugocif

Newtown Square, PA

#7 Nov 11, 2006
Trooper said the report would be out in 30 days. It is not. Is this a coverup?
lhp

Las Vegas, NV

#8 Nov 11, 2006
I am happy to see you are handling this in a mature manner. Who are you to judge someone else? I fully support TROOPER ROBERT HIGBEE 100% My condolances go out to the victims family and I hope these posters you included will do something positive with you negative energy. Death penalty, in hiding - would that make you happy? I hope you and no one in your family is ever in a situation such as this. It must be hard being in your family and living up to your unrealistic expectations. If you have access to dictionary look up ACCIDENT
ANONYMOUS wrote:
Hello Disgusted,
You are absolutely correct. But the tickets are simply a formality so as not to allow the statue of limitations to expire without doing anything. The criminal portion of the investigation is not completed. I am certain that this DEADBEAT TROOPER will be charged with VEHICULAR HOMICIDE. What we are dealing with is a "COWARD" who is now hiding behind the law he violated but swore to uphold. He didn't even have the decency to call the children's mother and apologize for his actions. As I said this is not a MAN but a COWARD.
In any event keep up your beautiful words.
lhp

Las Vegas, NV

#9 Nov 11, 2006
Dear Disgusted and Anonymous -
You should both be ashamed of yourselves. The name calling and the bashing of Robert Higbee will not bring these two girls back.
The two tickets were issued and I think before any premature decisions are made all the evidence should be examined in its' entirety.
I wish you and all others focused your negative energy to do something positive.
To say you hope he commits suicide is disgusting. You have no idea who Rob is and what he has been through himself prior to this accident. You are very quick to judge. It sounds like you and your crew have a lot of growing up to do. Maybe once you graduate high school you will focus on this horrific accident, the innocent lives that were lost and forgiveness. I hope the victims families in time pull through this.... My prayers are with them. However, I also hope Rob pulls through this and want him to know how many people are behind him and will continue to support him. I am not a cop but I am proud to be associated with Trooper Higbee.
sue

Las Vegas, NV

#10 Nov 11, 2006
Well said LHP!!
I am also proud to be associated with Trooper Higbee and will support him all the way.

My condolences go out to the victims' family as well.
Suzy and PJ

Las Vegas, NV

#11 Nov 11, 2006
Dear Trooper Higbee:
We all love you and support you through these difficult times. Over the miles our thoughts and prayers are with you!!!!
This is crazy

Milford, CT

#12 Nov 17, 2006
Its insane that their are people here saying how they "support" this killer trooper and then only as an afterthought say they feel sorry for the 2 teenage girls who were killed. Some of these posters then say they "love" this Killer Trooper and DON'T say anything about the suffering of the victim's family. This is SICK!

NJ State Troopers/Thugs in uniform are starting to prove themselves to be more of a menace to the public then a service.

Prediction: There will be more people killed on the Highways of New Jersy in the next year because of this arrogant State Trooper mentality. Many Troopers love to bragg how NJ judges and prosecutors just "love them" since they have that "COOL NJ STATE TROOPER UNIFORM ON". The Nazis also had "neat" uniforms on them and look what they did.

The phrase "NJ STATE TROOPER" should be replaced with the term "NJ NAZI"
Sue

Las Vegas, NV

#13 Nov 18, 2006
It's not insane that people are saying they hope Trooper Higbee commits suicide? Of course everyone recognizes what the victims family is going through and will go through for the rest of their lives. This is tragic. But it doesn't mean that people that know this trooper (his family, friends, coworkers, etc.) should turn their backs on him and not offer support to him. You have no right to tell people how they should feel and who they should support. Do any of the things Trooper Higbee did right prior to this ACCIDENT count? You are very quick to judge. The Nazi thing, cool uniforms, arrogant trooper mentality are a little too much for me and it seems you are losing focus on the issue at hand.
This is crazy wrote:
Its insane that their are people here saying how they "support" this killer trooper and then only as an afterthought say they feel sorry for the 2 teenage girls who were killed. Some of these posters then say they "love" this Killer Trooper and DON'T say anything about the suffering of the victim's family. This is SICK!
NJ State Troopers/Thugs in uniform are starting to prove themselves to be more of a menace to the public then a service.
Prediction: There will be more people killed on the Highways of New Jersy in the next year because of this arrogant State Trooper mentality. Many Troopers love to bragg how NJ judges and prosecutors just "love them" since they have that "COOL NJ STATE TROOPER UNIFORM ON". The Nazis also had "neat" uniforms on them and look what they did.
The phrase "NJ STATE TROOPER" should be replaced with the term "NJ NAZI"
This is crazy

Milford, CT

#14 Nov 18, 2006
Sue,

With all due respect,

There are many New Jerseyans who feel this tragic Death by NJ State Trooper situation is a metaphor for many other NJ State Trooper abuses/dishonesty that may or many not be on the same level of severity as this.

For example corrupt NJ State Troopers who charge other people with speeding (while exaggerating the speed tickets) while they themselves speed at over 100 miles an hour in NON-Emergency situations. These Troopers also love to tailgate citizens on the road as an expression of their "POWER"

I have talked to New Jersey State Troopers and its amazing how this whole NJ State Trooper Power thing has gone to their heads when they bragg how "powerful they are" and how all the judges and prosecutors just love them in NJ!

If this isn't true than why are NJ Prosecutors/Judges so slow to prosecute this Trooper??

Believe me the ingredients are in place for more NJ citizens to suffer at the hands of these egomaniac power hungry/crazed "NJ State Troopers".

Come to NJ and see for yourself the behavior of these NJ Troopers.
Sue

Las Vegas, NV

#15 Nov 18, 2006
I am actually from South Jersey and understand that you are upset. However, I don't feel Rob should be sterotyped as the troopers you mention below. Do you personally know him? If not how do you know what you are saying about him is accurate? Would you want people juding you that don't know you or your character. You mention slow to prosecute - hopefully they are waiting for all of the evidence before they make any decisions. I don't know and don't care to speculate because I don't work in the prosecutors office. Try to get over your trooper issues, it sounds like you are letting your hatred for them consume you. I have been pulled over a couple times in NJ and have never had experiences like you are describing..... It sounds like you should slow down.
This is crazy wrote:
Sue,
With all due respect,
There are many New Jerseyans who feel this tragic Death by NJ State Trooper situation is a metaphor for many other NJ State Trooper abuses/dishonesty that may or many not be on the same level of severity as this.
For example corrupt NJ State Troopers who charge other people with speeding (while exaggerating the speed tickets) while they themselves speed at over 100 miles an hour in NON-Emergency situations. These Troopers also love to tailgate citizens on the road as an expression of their "POWER"
I have talked to New Jersey State Troopers and its amazing how this whole NJ State Trooper Power thing has gone to their heads when they bragg how "powerful they are" and how all the judges and prosecutors just love them in NJ!
If this isn't true than why are NJ Prosecutors/Judges so slow to prosecute this Trooper??
Believe me the ingredients are in place for more NJ citizens to suffer at the hands of these egomaniac power hungry/crazed "NJ State Troopers".
Come to NJ and see for yourself the behavior of these NJ Troopers.
This is crazy

Milford, CT

#16 Nov 18, 2006
Sue,

I have nothing personal against Trooper Higbee.

For the record I have to believe that the majority or NJ State Troopers are honest and decent people.

I do however strongly oppose the substantial hypocritical element of NJ State Troopers who accuse and persecute New Jerseyans of things that they themselves are guilty of.
S Jersey resident

Detroit, MI

#17 Nov 21, 2006
NJ State Troopers have been losing the trust of may over the years. Me included.

About 5 years ago 3 young Troopers gave chase to someone in a stolen car that ended on Rte 295. 39 shots were fired by the police. All 3 Troopers stated that he shot at them with what turned out to be a "crack pipe". I waited for the final report that I never read or heard about. To me this was outright murder. 39 shots of which I think 8 or so hit this individual. He was not a hardened criminal.

It is up to the State Police oficers to clean up the problems and not their Supervisors. It's the Troopers that must get the trust and respect back and not their Union spokesperson. They must turn in the bad apples instead of protecting them.

This accident in Upper Twsp that killed these girls only ads to the mistrust of the State Police. It's no accident that the police are not trusted and feel they are above the law.
Concerned Citizen

United States

#18 Nov 22, 2006
How would you react if the so called "accident" happened to your family?
saddened wrote:
I wish you could all be as mature and educated as the girl's mother is. She doesn't even feel this way towards the Trooper, she said that "her heart bleeds for his family", it saddens me to see so many people turn to hate for a man who caused an ACCIDENT. I guess you are all saints and have never caused an accident or made a mistake. For the record, you can't charge someone with double manslaughter if they are not drunk, drugged, or it is not out of malice or intent. We still do not know all of the facts in this case. Most cops out there are good cops, "Festering Mistrust", and as most of them are aware all too well that accidents happen, they are not embarrassed to be associated with Tpr. Higbee. I, however, am embarassed at how many immature and simple-minded people are in this world.
Sue

Las Vegas, NV

#19 Nov 22, 2006
That's understandable.
This is crazy wrote:
Sue,
I have nothing personal against Trooper Higbee.
For the record I have to believe that the majority or NJ State Troopers are honest and decent people.
I do however strongly oppose the substantial hypocritical element of NJ State Troopers who accuse and persecute New Jerseyans of things that they themselves are guilty of.
Michael

Newark, NJ

#20 Nov 24, 2006
The point I belive is, had this bann anybody but a state trooper they would have allready been charged. The good news is that we had a meeting last night with a couple of people and some of us being involved in democratic politis, will start lobbying the Governor on this. If the prosecutor doesnt eventually press charges, we'll start a write in campaign. News will be forthcoming regarding how to help raise funds for the effort. Justice will be served.

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