A Police Violation Might Have Occurred in Ali Carter's Death

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The Bowling Green Police officer involved in the crash that killed a WKU student may not have been in compliance with police policy when the accident occurred.

Officer David Hall's cruiser struck Allison Carter's car at the intersection of Kentucky Street and 13th Avenue on April 2, 2006. Carter was killed in the wreck and now her family is suing the city and Hall.

In Hall's deposition for the lawsuit the officer said he was probably driving between 45 and 52 mph at the time of the collision. The posted speed limit on Kentucky Street is 35 mph.

Hall said his increased speed was justified because he was responding to a hit-and-run incident. Hall also said he did not have his emergency lights and sirens activated at the time of collision because the department's policy says lights and sirens should only be activated during level-one calls.

Level-two calls, like the one hall was responding to, only require emergency equipment to be engaged in intersections where the officer does not have the right-of-way or when passing another vehicle. Hall said he had the right-of-way on Kentucky Street that day.

Maj. Clark Arnold said Bowling Green Police policy does not allow officers to exceed the speed limit on level-two calls, and he says if Hall is right about going 10 to 15 mph over the speed limit he was in violation of police policy when he struck Carter's car.

Both the city and Carter's family are waiting for the state police to finish its investigation of this accident.