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Speeding cop car collision costs city $200K

Original post made on Jan 21, 2013

The city of Mountain View has reached a $212,500 settlement with a woman who claims she was hit by a Mountain View police officer who was driving recklessly.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, January 21, 2013, 10:01 AM

Comments (18)

Posted by cheap, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jan 21, 2013 at 10:21 am

Sounds like the city got a good deal. I'm glad that the victim's medical expenses are at least being covered.


Posted by Mr Advice, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jan 21, 2013 at 11:14 am

Was the cop drunk?


Posted by Sean, a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jan 21, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Even with lights off and no siren police drive fast, sometimes (bear with me for a minute) they need to be **sneaky**. Criminals are good at what they do also, so police need to be one step ahead.


Posted by Me Again, a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jan 21, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Also imagine a thief breaking into cars in an apartment complex, someone sees this and calls 911, do you think the police are gonna go full blaring sirens and lights to try and catch the thief? They would never catch anyone that way.


Posted by NW Resident, a resident of North Whisman
on Jan 21, 2013 at 12:25 pm

Here's a link to one of the original articles, saying that neither alcohol nor drugs were not a factor:

Web Link


Posted by NW Resident, a resident of North Whisman
on Jan 21, 2013 at 12:26 pm

correction: neither alcohol nor drugs were a factor in the accident...


Posted by Steve, a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jan 21, 2013 at 2:35 pm

"Not on a code 3 call" means exactly that, NO excuse for 65 in a 35 zone. If this was an average citizen, criminal charges would certainly have been filed.


Posted by @ Steve, a resident of Whisman Station
on Jan 22, 2013 at 10:05 am

Did you read the other comments? They explain many very sensible reason why a police man would be driving very fast without lights & sirens.
If this was an average citizen, you are correct, there would be NO excuse. But, since it was a police man, you are not correct.


Posted by Steve, a resident of Shoreline West
on Jan 22, 2013 at 10:24 am

Sounds like the truck driver turned left in front of the police car that was responding to an alarm at a business.

"Criminals are good at what they do also, so police need to be one step ahead."

How does having an accident put the police "one step ahead"?



Posted by Otto Maddox, a resident of Monta Loma
on Jan 22, 2013 at 6:22 pm

Sorry people, the police do not need to be "sneaky" at the sake of OUR safety.

They are no more (or less) important that any of the rest of us.


Posted by Sean, a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jan 22, 2013 at 9:33 pm

Accidents happen. And police have to be stealth, sneaky, sly, candid, surrepitious, and even deceitful to catch criminals. [Portion removed due to disrespectful comment or offensive language]


Posted by Steve, a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jan 23, 2013 at 2:46 pm

Stealthy, sneeky, sly, surreptitious, and deceitful. All desireable traits for a group operating with limited supervision.


Posted by Alex, a resident of Shoreline West
on Jan 24, 2013 at 1:21 pm

I am still waiting for our PD to use blinkers when driving the speed limit


Posted by PD Speeder law, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jan 24, 2013 at 3:15 pm

Stuff happens, Thank goodness no one was killed. Said this was oncoming traffic, if so this must have been horrific. Lets hope and pray for the victim here and lesson learned that you flash your lights in areas that are needed, as in an area where limited vision is at stake. Good job with the settlement, long drawn out cases take their toll on everyone where everyone eventually loses and there are no winners. Notice to everyone, drive defensive, you never know what might come out of the shadows. Note to Police, do your job, we need you, but do not place he public in hazards way when accomplishing your tasks. Wouldn't it be neat we live in a society where no police are ever needed. Has it ever happened. I doubt it.


Posted by DC, a resident of North Whisman
on Jan 25, 2013 at 8:34 pm

Just think what everyone is saying.
You mess up at work you get punished.
Being Cop not a safe job and you do risky things sometimes.
So if a chef poison someone he should go to jail for attempted murder?
A car brake fails, the mechanic in jail?


Posted by Tom, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Feb 5, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Not to mention that the officer was then promoted not log after. Way to go MVPD!


Posted by Hater?, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 22, 2013 at 11:55 pm

Where is it posted he got promoted? Don't see it. I do see he saved someone's life and got a award. And a crime stopping award too and is a police league volunteer. Sounds like this post above is a coworker bwahaha . Thank you for the good things you have done. [Stuff] happens and I don't know whole story. But probably should slow down!!


Posted by Me again, a resident of Gemello
on Aug 23, 2013 at 12:02 am

And he got a principle at Santa Clara elementary for drug dealing. Wth?! First I heard of that : O. Good work!!! Crazy. So ya. Sounds like a good copper to me...can u check out the principals at our schools officer McGee.


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