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JCSO Congratulates New Crash Investigators
(February 8, 2003)

JCSO Congratulates New Crash Investigators

Eight Sheriff's deputies recently completed a 70-hour At-Scene Crash Investigations Level II accident investigation course conducted at the Indianapolis Police Department training academy. Lt. Terry Nichalson, Sgt. Joe Clark, Deputy Jim Mowery, Deputy Bryan Wolfe, Deputy Ryan Bartlett, Deputy Andy Fisher, Deputy Steve Wray, and Deputy James Bryant attended and successfully completed the class.

During the course, participants learn to investigate railroad grade crossing collisions, identify and interpret marks in the roadway, perform tire and lamp examinations, investigate semi-tractor trailer and motorcycle crashes, and many more skills. The deputies learned to use a variety of scientific and mathematic skills to determine precisely what events were occurring just prior to and after an impact. During the course, several mock crash scenes were set up at various locations on the east side of Indianapolis. Scale crash scene drawings were practiced at each location.

Crash Investigators with the Johnson County Sheriff's Office are responsible for investigating all fatal accidents, serious personal injury accidents, submerged vehicles, freak accidents and/or pedestrian accidents involving a vehicle or vehicles. The Crash Investigator takes command of an accident scene and is responsible for completing measurements, vehicle inspections, scene inspections, calculations, reports, and scale drawings of the crash scene. In the case of a fatal crash, the Crash Investigator and Crime Scene Technician may attend the autopsy of the victim(s) to collect evidence necessary to complete the investigation.

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