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#1 Jul 18, 2012
Bowling’s crash happened on a Sunday afternoon at 4:09, Nov. 13,2011. It’s a sunny, clear day and road conditions are fine. He was driving on Federal Point Road, which is the same location he rolled and totaled an agency vehicle before. FHP Trooper H.L. Smith, a former Putnam Co. deputy, responds and writes the report, which is minimal, and fails to mention the presence on-scene of PCSO Lt. Joe Wells. FHP report states Bowling is not distracted and his vision is not impaired, so there should have been some suspicion by Smith as to what caused it, yet he states “TEST NOT GIVEN” about drugs and alcohol. Here’s a summary:
Vehicle was westbound on Federal Point Rd., left roadway and drove onto north shoulder, crossing paved portion of Dancy Ave., continuing on grass shoulder a total of 101' before reaching CR 207A. Vehicle crossed both lanes of CR 207A, then traveled a total of 71' from shoulder of CR 207A to final rest, having gone through the west ditch, right front and right side then striking several trees causing vehicle to rotate counter-clockwise, then overturn onto it's right side, coming to rest facing east.
Factoring in the width of both lanes of CR207A means he traveled over 200 feet, yet couldn't stop when supposedly going only 45 mph. The diagram shows his direction of travel to be a STRAIGHT LINE from leaving the roadway, across Dancy Ave., down the shoulder, across both lanes of 207A, through the ditch and into the trees. That impact is what spun the truck to the left (south), facing backwards (east) and on its side.

Adequate time to stop if only going 45, no evasive action despite his training, no distractions (he should have felt the truck leave the roadway even if he was distracted, and had time and distance to recover), perfect conditions, so I have to ask - was he conscious behind the wheel?
Bowling is airlifted by helicopter to Shands Gainesville. On this day Major Parker instructs Lt. Greenwood to go to the hospital and get a blood test from Bowling, as this is required by PCSO General Order 1180.00 any time a member is involved in a crash involving personal injury. Greenwood does so, and states he asked Bowling's physician at Shands, Dr. John Slish (who is also an auxiliary Gainesville PD Officer, and Physician to that dept. and their SWAT team), to perform a blood screening, further stating Dr. Slish said a screen was done for narcotics and alcohol prior to him administering morphine, and the results were negative. WHERE IS THAT TEST? Greenwood also states a Shands nurse then completed a blood kit in his presence, and that he submitted it to the evidence section at PCSO. Why not use the hospital’s first test, since Bowling is compelled by PCSO policy to provide it? Or why not submit the second test to the hospital right then for testing? How come it is documented in the results the blood sample tested for drugs was collected at Medex in Palatka, not Shands Hospital via PCSO Evidence, and is dated three weeks later? And why does it come back TOTALLY negative - not showing the Morphine (opiate) that the hospital administered?
The truck is towed to PCSO property, not the wrecker’s yard, and when FHP Sgt. Smith, FHP Sgt. Davis and their supervisor, FHP Lt. Crews, arrive two days later to gather crash info off the OnBoard Recorder System, but there is none.


Since: Jan 12

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#2 Jul 18, 2012
It appears a claim was made with PCSO’s insurance (Sheriff Auto Risk Program) that they failed to honor, because a Hospital Lien was filed against them on 11-23-11. Then it appears a claim was made against Bowling’s personal insurance (USAA Auto Ins.) that they failed to honor and a Hospital Lien was filed against them on 12-7-11. It’s suspicious that the insurance companies are not paying the claim. It’s also curious that the story changes, with Bowling telling Ryan that he was “clearly at fault in the crash because of being distracted and not having adequate time to recover before striking a tree”, waives the Crash Review Board and ponies up the $250 deductible. ALOT more happened than just ‘striking a tree’, which Ryan should have caught since he says he reviewed the report, with its diagram, and ‘other documents’.
Bowling is not ticketed for careless driving or even running a stop sign.

Here's the link to all the documents and a picture of the truck:
http://s1167.photobucket.com/albums/q633/Pala...

So now here is my challenge to Sheriff Hardy: Stop all the doubt, answer to your citizens, and enforce your own policy by compelling Bowling to provide the first test done by Shands, which will truly tell what was in his blood at the time of the crash, and take action accordingly - or stand accused of complicity in a COVERUP. And have the TV news back here again.
Putnam Outlaw

Palatka, FL

#3 Jul 18, 2012
Palatka Corruption, I couldn’t agree more! This is a huge cover up! I know Sgt. Smith was a deputy over twenty years ago at PCSO, and I’m sure he is still covering up for them. I don’t know what connection Sgt. Davis, who is from Jacksonville and the Gainesville doctor has with PCSO, but I’m sure they spoke with Sgt. Smith while he was at the scene of the crash so they could get on the “same page”. I guess then they called Capt. Crews to bring him in. But, one thing I’m having trouble with. If the PCSO wanted to cover up for Bowling, why did they ask an outside agency to investigate the crash? Why didn’t they investigate it themselves? Why would they request a test from a doctor? I know why! They are just all in it together! From Jacksonville to Gainesville and back around to Palatka!
Putnam In-law

Orlando, FL

#4 Jul 18, 2012
Putnam Outlaw wrote:
Palatka Corruption, I couldn’t agree more! This is a huge cover up! I know Sgt. Smith was a deputy over twenty years ago at PCSO, and I’m sure he is still covering up for them. I don’t know what connection Sgt. Davis, who is from Jacksonville and the Gainesville doctor has with PCSO, but I’m sure they spoke with Sgt. Smith while he was at the scene of the crash so they could get on the “same page”. I guess then they called Capt. Crews to bring him in. But, one thing I’m having trouble with. If the PCSO wanted to cover up for Bowling, why did they ask an outside agency to investigate the crash? Why didn’t they investigate it themselves? Why would they request a test from a doctor? I know why! They are just all in it together! From Jacksonville to Gainesville and back around to Palatka!
Well said Putnam Outlaw. It must have been one giant conspiracy from the start. I do have one thing to add. I think Smith has a Coates sign in his yard, wouldn't it have helped Coates if he was able to place Bowling under arrest, causing a feeling of "No Cofidence in Hardy's Boy's"? I guess instead he chose to follow Florida Statue. I hate guys like that who read the statue book and know what is permitted by Florida Law. I prefer to sit here on my couch and make a judgement call in ignorance.
monkey girl

Palatka, FL

#5 Jul 18, 2012
I know most of the FHP guys that are around Putnam County. They are stand up guys. I know Smith and Crews wouldn’t cover up jack! The Palatka Corruption is about to kick a hornets nest!

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#6 Jul 18, 2012
Are you trying to say FL statute doesn't allow for a test when there's bodily injury? Smith must have known agency policy because FHP has it, but didn't request a test. And a trooper, of all people, never 'suspected' drugs or alcohol after stating there was no distractions, with good weather and roads in daylight, and Bowling drove straight 200 feet for the trees, across two roads and through a ditch? Ask Wells about that onscene investigation - and pull the CAD calls while you're at it.
Crews and Davis showed up at PCSO with Smith two days after the crash to pull the OnBoard recordings, and nobody onscene called them or the doctor to get "on the same page". If they had a coverup would have been successful - instead of this story full of holes.

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#7 Jul 18, 2012
And ask what the speedometer was stuck on.
smoke out

Palatka, FL

#9 Jul 18, 2012
The Palatka Corruption wrote:
And ask what the speedometer was stuck on.
Station 19 responded to that wreck. We directed traffic in the road while fhp smith and a traffic homicide trooper he called out there did measurements and everything. They know how fast he was going when he wrecked.

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#10 Jul 19, 2012
Exactly. Now go to the link and click on the first page (view 1)- you can then roll over the top of it to zoom in/out. On the middle right of the page are two diagrams representing the truck. The first is 'Area of Initial Impact' that has a check mark in the middle front, indicating the truck struck head-on, dead center. The picture (view 11) shows otherwise - and that is about the only area that ISN'T damaged. The second diagram 'Most Damaged Area' has a single check mark at the passenger's door - but the picture looks like the truck flew out of the ditch and struck the trees behind that area.
Just another piece of the puzzle, that doesn't fit.
neednewsheriff

Palatka, FL

#12 Jul 19, 2012
xanax does it to u everytime just say you was distracted

is this guy still driving? they need to put a sign on his car "CAUTION DISTRACTED DRIVE"
Toomuchwrong

Palatka, FL

#13 Jul 19, 2012
I saw Bowling awhile back in the Palatka Burger King and almost said something to him about all his wrecks he has had. At the time, he was driving the S.O.'s Mercury Grand Marquis unmarked car, the nicest 4-door sedan they have. I was around when it was upfitted, and have always liked it. It was originally meant for Sheriff Douglas before he left. I almost told him to make sure not to wreck it as it is the nicest car they have. Too many people standing around to have a word with him though. :/
Bluetick

Palm Coast, FL

#14 Jul 19, 2012
There's nothing like a sheriff's race for the mud throwing to start and you do not care who's reputation you hurt. FHP Sgt. Smith worked for PCSO 23 years ago and was smart to leave to get away from Putman County good ol'boy politics.
30 years ago I worked for Palatka PD, I'm glad to see Putnam County is still full of armchair police officers. Some things never change.
SSDD

Palatka, FL

#15 Sep 19, 2012
Damn Smitty, stop already with the drive-bys. You're freaking out my neighbors!
Lee

United States

#16 Sep 25, 2012
How much more of this ass wipe can we stand. He has had more wrecks that a Nascar driver. Popped more pills than M&M Makes, Told more lies than a Hollywood Movie. And his boss is not far behind him.

Since: Aug 12

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#17 Oct 7, 2012
SSDD wrote:
Damn Smitty, stop already with the drive-bys. You're freaking out my neighbors!
Smitty isn't going to enjoy that phone call he'll be getting today.

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