Trooper Cunniff Dies After Thruway Car Accident

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Cunniff passed away Tuesday after sustaining injuries from an interstate crash that happened late Monday night. Cunniff, 35, was rear ended by a tractor-trailer on exit 27 of I-90 after pulling over a vehicle for a traffic violation on the Thruway. The truck driver, 65-year-old Gary Blakley, was driving in the right lane when he lost control for some unknown reason and ran off the road. Cunniff was inside of his patrol car when the collision occurred and was partially thrown from the vehicle. According to a statement by New York Police Superintendent Joseph DAmico, both vehicles were struck by the tractor-trailer. Dragging the troop car approximately 50 yards, pushing it off into an embankment, then striking Mr. Hellers vehicle, also dragging it about 75 yards before coming to rest on top of the vehicle, he said . Cunniff was airlifted to Albany Medical Center where he was pronounced dead on Tuesday afternoon due to a traumatic head injury. The driver of the car, 57-year-old Eric Heller, suffered minor injuries and is in fine condition. The truck driver did not sustain any injuries.
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Walker crash: Car had no mechnical issues

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Official: No mechanical issues in Paul Walker car crash

He was very intoxicated, because he couldn’t even stand up straight,” described one driver. After the crash, police say the driver of the Taurus went into a nearby mini mart and bought beer. When police arrived, one of the beers was open. The clerk at the mini mart said the driver came in shouting that he wanted beer. He picked up a six-pack, threw the money on the counter and left. A witness, who wanted to be identified as Ryan, described a similar scene. “He walked in the gas station and bought a six-pack, and he was holding it in his arms, and he came and put it right in front of the door and he opened one and started drinking it,” he said. As of Tuesday afternoon, the driver of the Taurus was not arrested. His identity was not released, but he was described as a man in his 30s from Los Angeles. He suffered injuries in the crash and was transported to an area hospital. Three other people suffered minor injuries. The Vanalden Avenue on-ramp to the southbound 101 Freeway was closed for the investigation. It has since reopened.
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3 injured in car crash in Pennsauken, N.J.

3 injured in car crash in Pennsauken

December 19th, 2013 1:20am EST | Comment 0 Mechanical error was not a factor in the car crash that killed Paul Walker. The ‘Fast and the Furious’ star and pal, Roger Rodas, were involved in a fatal accident after the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT they were traveling in crashed into a lamppost in Santa Clarita, California, on November 30, and investigators believe that “speed alone” caused them to veer off the road. A law enforcement official, who asked to remain anonymous, said they found no evidence that the car had mechanical problems or that debris or other road conditions caused the car to go out of control. The source said: “We’re looking at speed and speed alone.” The car appeared to have spun out of control after Roger, who was driving, negotiated a curve in an industrial park, and the official added: “They were well out of the curve when they lost control.” Officials have already calculated the speed range at which they believe the car was traveling but the figure won’t be released until Porsche engineers from Germany fly out to Los Angeles next month to analyze the brakes, engine and body of the wreckage, which will help them determine the exact speed at the time of impact. The 40-year-old actor’s death certificate ruled he died from “combined effects of thermal and traumatic injuries”. Paul’s body was cremated last Thursday (12.12.13) and he was laid to rest at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles’ Hollywood Hills on Saturday (12.14.13). Slideshow: In Memoriam: Paul Walker Photo Credits: WENN
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Tarzana fatal crash suspect drank beer immediately after wreck

Driver behind Tarzana crash seen drinking beer

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 Report a typo Action News PENNSAUKEN, N.J. – December 18, 2013 (WPVI) — Police say three people were injured in a car crash in Pennsauken, New Jersey late Tuesday night. The accident occurred around 10:30 p.m. near the Betsy Ross Bridge on Route 130 and Union Avenue. According to police, two vehicles collided head on. Related Content More: See more Action News slideshows One car carrying a male and female were allegedly driving at a high rate of speed and traveling north on Route 130 when it struck a second car. The striking car lost control and continued north, flipping over a guard rail before ejecting the male and female victims. Both victims were taken to the hospital in critical condition. The driver in the second car suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment. Police are investigating the crash. (Copyright 2013 WPVI-TV/DT. All Rights Reserved.)
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Speed caused Paul Walker’s crash?

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AFP Investigators have found no evidence that the Porsche carrying Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas experienced mechanical problems before the crash that killed the pair. The investigation has also ruled out debris or other road conditions as factors in the accident in Los Angeles on 30 November, which saw the pair’s 2005 Porsche Carrera GT slam into a light pole and tree and burst into flames. According to the Associated Press, the car is notoriously difficult to handle. A law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity told the Associated Press that they are looking at “speed and speed alone” as the reason for the accident. While Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department investigators have calculated the range at which they believe the car was travelling when it crashed, they will not be able to confirm the exact speed until Porsche engineers travel to California in January in the hope of extracting information from the car’s onboard data collectors. The official would not discuss the current estimate, which Chris Kauderer, chairman of the California Association of Accident Reconstruction Specialists, told the Associated Press is calculated through a formula that uses the arc of tire marks from the scene and how well the tires would grip the roadway. The source added that the Porsche appeared to have successfully negotiated a turn in the road and the pair were “well out of the curve when they lost control” and crashed. Although the car burst into flames, its three data recorders survived and may hold information that would tell investigators the speed the car was travelling, whether the seat belts were fastened and if the air bags deployed, and whether Rodas braked before impact.
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2 critically injured in multi-car crash on Hwy. 509

(WSP photo) Story Photos 131218_highway_509_crash_660 BURIEN, Wash. — Troopers say a drunk driver launched himself down an embankment and onto a highway, setting off a devastating five-car crash. Witnesses say the heaps of twisted metal left behind were barely recognizable as cars, and the noises from the chain reaction collision rattled the neighborhood. “I heard nothing and then a loud thump, a very loud thump,” said John McManus, a neighbor. “Enough to where I felt it through the ground.” Investigators say 24-year-old Christopher Wittman of Tukwila was likely drunk when he blew through a stop sign on 116th street and launched his Chevy Malibu down a short hill, landing upside-down on State Route 509. “A vehicle driven by a husband and wife en route to the airport, struck that vehicle, and then that vehicle with the husband and wife was struck by at least three other cars, if not a fourth,” said Trooper Chris Webb with the Washington State Patrol. The husband and wife from Marysville are the most seriously hurt. David Saneholtz got caught up in the collision as he drove up to the scene. “I hit their car,” saidSaneholtz. “My truck’s pretty totaled in front.” Investigators say Wittman, the DUI suspect, climbed out of the wreckage and ran. A deputy arrested him a short ways away. We checked his home, asking for some kind of explanation. A man who came to the door said, “I have no idea. He was just out with the wrong person.” The man never stated his name, and shut the door after saying he’d been unable to visit Wittman in the hospital because the suspect was “under guard.” Wittman has a prior conviction for a domestic violence assault and court papers reference an ongoing alcohol problem.
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