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[US] Cop Solo rider SMIDSY'd, escapes death, no serious charges laid against driver.

Discussion in 'General Motorcycling Discussion' at netrider.net.au started by robsalvv, Apr 10, 2012.

  1. http://www.wpri.com/dpp/news/local_news/providence/east-prov-officer-hurt-in-motorcycle-crash

    Police officer hurt in motorcycle crash

    Officer's injuries not life-threatening

    Updated: Saturday, 07 Apr 2012, 8:28 AM EDT Published : Friday, 06 Apr 2012, 3:43 PM EDT
    By Nancy Krause Reporting by Marilyn Schairer

    EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) - An East Providence police officer was hurt Friday afternoon when his patrol bike collided with a car.

    The crash happened at the corner of Pawtucket and Grosvenor Aves. around 3 p.m.

    East Providence Police report that officer Gregory Tainsh was traveling on Pawtucket Avenue was struck by a Buick that was attempting to pull out from Grosvenor Avenue. knocking him off his motorcycle and throwing him into oncoming traffic.

    Captain Chris Parella told Eyewitness News that an SUV going in the opposite direction stopped with just inches to spare as Tainsh was tossed directly into its path.

    Tainsh, who is a 9-year veteran of the department was taken to Rhode Island Hospital with non-life threatening injuries and is listed in stable condition. Police say that he was an experienced motorcycle rider and had just recently completed a motorcycle safety course. He is also the son of a retired Warwick police officer.

    While police are still investigating, they don't believe drug or alcohol played a factor. They do not expect criminal charges to be filed, but say the driver of the Buick, a 32 year-old Coventry man, will likely face motor vehicle violations.

    One eyewitness said drivers need to pay closer attention to motorcycles on the road.

    "People don't pay close enough attention to sharing the road with motorcycles," said Jim Conway, an East Providence resident who lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident. "There are too many distractions, whether it's a cell phone, or texting. It's just way too many distractions."

  2. If that had happened in NSW, the driver would be charged with Attempted Murder or some other trumped up charge, even if the cop was demonstrably at fault.
  3. If that had happened in VIC, the driver would get off lightly, even though the cop in the car was demonstrably at fault.

    Cupcake anyone?
  4. no the bike would of been over maintained and the driver let off.
  5. :? That's would make sense if the driver in the story was a cop.

    I detect your anger though, so I suspect you're thinking that if a driver SMIDSY'd and smashed into a VicPol Solo and killed the rider, VicPol would make sure that the driver went to jail for a long time... especially if the solo was carrying the cup cakes. Have I got the gist of it?
  6. If this was in NSW........

    If the rider was a copper then the average Joe driver would have a large pile of charges put to his name.................................however, if the rider was your average Joe and the copper was in the car then the copper would get off scott free and be smelling like roses.
  7. Off duty cop driving, forgot her cupcakes, in a blinding fog, u-turned over double lines, RIP motorcyclist... process of law upheld, justice failed.


  8. Azz, I haven't been hiding under a rock mate. That scenario is nothing like the one in the OP.