A deposition in the accident that killed a Western Kentucky University student and left a police officer injured, was obtained by WBKO from Warren Circuit Court today, Monday, Feb. 12, 2007.
In the deposition, Police Officer David Hall describes the moments leading up to the accident. Included in the 132 page interview is Hall's account of the moments leading up to and immediately following the accident that killed WKU student Alli Carter on April 2, 2006.
The Carter family's attorney Philip Grossman, asks Hall about the use of his emergency lights and sirens. Hall told Grossman that he was responding to a hit and run accident, that did not require him to have lights and sirens, except when going through intersections and passing other vehicles. According to the Bowling Green Police Department's policy, only the highest level incident requires lights and sirens. However, Kentucky state law requires emergency equipment to be engaged when responding to any call. Hall's emergency equipment was not engaged at the time of the accident.
Hall also told Grossman that he believes he was driving between 45 and 52 miles an hour in a 35 mile an hour zone. He said the speed was justified, because he was responding to an incident.
Even though Hall was using a technique known as scanning to look for other vehicles, he didn't see Carter's car until just a split second before impact. After the accident, he said he got out of his cruiser and walked around the vehicles. When he found Carter, she was unresponsive and in the passenger seat of her car. He told Grossman he could not find a pulse when he checked for one.
The Kentucky State Police are investigating the accident. State Trooper Todd Holder said one last factor is needed to finish the investigation, to find the range of speed Hall was traveling at the time of the accident. Holder said investigators need a drag factor to determine how fast Hall was going when the vehicles struck. They said that can only be accurately reproduced in temperatures of 50 degrees or warmer.
Grossman would not comment on the incident, besides saying that the deposition speaks for itself.