Ali Carter Investigation Complete

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

The Kentucky State Police has completed the report and speed estimates calculated on the collision between a Bowling Green Police Officer and Allison Carter.

"Our part of the investigation is complete. There are no criminal charges that are going to derive from the investigation", says Kentucky State Police Trooper Todd Holder.

The accident occurred on April 2, 2006, between BGPD Officer David Hall and Western Kentucky University student Allison Carter.

The report concludes Hall was Northbound on Kentucky Street traveling at an estimated speed of 47 mph. He was responding to the area of a hit and run collision to attempt to locate the run away vehicle.

During his response, Hall did not have his emergency equipment activated. At the time of the collision, Hall had the right of way through the intersection.

The report concludes Allison Carter was Westbound on 13th Street crossing Kentucky Street. Information gained from the air bag control module and the Kentucky State Police investigation showed that Carter slowed to nine miles per hour as she approached the stop sign on 13th Street.

The report also says she then accelerated to a speed of 13 miles per hour at impact, and disregarded the traffic control device by not stopping at the posted stop sign.

Officer Davie Hall did not have his lights on at the time of the accident. Trooper Todd Holder says every agency has different policies and procedures on when to use their lights. The Bowling Green Police Department's policy says lights and sirens should only be activated during the highest level calls.

"The fact is, there are alot of calls, in fact a majority of our calls we respond to in a quick manner without lights and sirens", says Trooper Todd Holder.

The posted speed limit on Kentucky Street is 35 miles per hour. Officer Hall was going 47 miles per hour.

In this type of call, a level two call, officers should only use their lights and sirens to proceed through an intersection where they do not have the right of way.

In court documents, Bowling Green Police Major Clark Arnold says they are not supposed to speed.

This means Officer Hall was in violation of the police department's policy.

WBKO did contact the Carter family's attorney, Phillip Grossman, on Wednesday morning who said he cannot comment on this case at this time.

The Bowling Green Police Department is also unable to comment due to pending litigation.

Carter's family is suing the city and Officer Hall.

After a review of all the circumstances surrounding the collision, the Commonwealth's Attorney Chris Cohron determined that there is no criminal conduct arising out of this event, and the report will not be presented to the Warren County Grand Jury.

To view the Ali Carter Police Report, click here.


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