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DJ Henry Incident Report

DJ Henry Incident Report

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Westchester County incident report, including reconstruction of the scene, provided by the Henry family's attorney. See more docs at http://sussmanwatkinslaw.com/practice/practice-sp_henry_case-documents.html and read WGBH News' coverage at http://ow.ly/9zcwc
Westchester County incident report, including reconstruction of the scene, provided by the Henry family's attorney. See more docs at http://sussmanwatkinslaw.com/practice/practice-sp_henry_case-documents.html and read WGBH News' coverage at http://ow.ly/9zcwc

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Accident Investigation #24-2010Thornwood Shopping CenterMount Pleasant, New YorkOctober 17, 2010Detective Richard van der Meulen #137Westchester County Department
ofPublic
Safety1 Saw Mill River ParkwayHawthorne, New YorkJanuary 31, 2011
CONFIDENTIAL
MP 002509
 
This report and accident reconstruction is only a portion
of
the joint investigation into thedeath ofDanroy Henry on October
17,
2010 in the Thornwood Shopping Center locatedin the Town
of
Mount Pleasant. This portion
of
the investigation contains the vehicleactions
of
the 2002 Nissan Altima operated by Mr. Henry. The work conducted andresults determined are based solely on analysis
of
available evidence. No witnessstatements have been used.
Traffic units
1)
2002 Nissan Altima 2.5 SLMassachusetts registration 1JN200Vehicle Identification Number 1N4AL11E82C705289Driven by:Danroy Henry
15
Symphony DriveNorth Easton, Massachusetts 02356Passengers:Brandon Cox (front seat)Desmond Hinds (rear seat)
2)
Pleasantville Police Officer Aaron HessPedestrian
3)
2007 Ford Crown Victoria (Mount Pleasant police car #43)Vehicle Identification Number 2FAHP71 Wl7X115976Parked
4)
2007 Ford Crown Victoria (Mount Pleasant police car #42)Vehicle Identification Number 2FAHP71 W67X142378Parked
Available evidence:
1)
A scuff
mark
left
on
the roadway by the Nissan Altima prior to contact withMount Pleasant police car #43.
2)
A tire mark left on the roadway by the Nissan Altima during and after contactwith Mount Pleasant police car #43.
3)
Damage to the Nissan Altima.
CONFIDENTIAL
MP 002510
 
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4)
Damage to Mount Pleasant Police car #43.
5)
Digital images
of
the incident captured by Citibank security cameras.
6)
Digital images
of
the incident captured by Finnegan's security cameras.
7)
Acceleration tests conducted with an exemplar Nissan Altima.
8)
A mechanical inspection
of
the Nissan Altima.9) In car video
ofWCDPS
Police Officer Cusano.
Findings:
1)
The Nissan Altima was traveling at 24.1 miles per hour (35.44 fps) when itcollided with Mount Pleasant police car #43.The speed
of
the Nissan Altima during impact with Mount Pleasant police car #43was calculated using several methods.The first method involved calculating the speed at which the police officer wasthrown from the hood
of
the Nissan. The distance
of
this throw was estimated at42.78 feet. The starting point
of
this distance was measured at the point where thefront left wheel
of
the Nissan becomes tangled with the wheel well
of
police car#43 and the Nissan began to slow significantly. The ending point
of
this distancewas measured by viewing the
in
car video
of
WCDPS Police Officer Cusanowhich shows the estimated final rest
of
the police officer, his baton, and hisflashlight. A throw formula using .67
as
a drag factor (Searle) at a distance
of
42.78 feet, resulted in a calculated speed of24.1 miles per hour (35.44 fps). Thisdoes not include the delta-v (change or loss
of
velocity)
of
the police officerstriking the ground. This could be estimated at
.5...,.
2 miles per hour, but isminimal and will not be considered. The speed
of
the police officer at the time heleft the hood
of
the Nissan was equal
to
the speed
of
the Nissan when it struck thepolice car.The second method involved analyzing the impact and post impact actions
of
theNissan. A slide
to
stop formula using a drag factor
of
.70
and
a distance
of
49.96feet yielded a speed loss
of
19.2 miles per hour (28.32 fps). An energy loss for thebreaking
of
the Nissan's wheel assembly and lower control arm, and themovement
of
Mount Pleasant police car #43 and possibly the movement
of
MountPleasant police car #42 cannot be accurately calculated. The method
of
analyzingthe impact and post impact actions
of
the Nissan yields a minimum speed
of
19.2miles per hour when it collided with police car #43.The third method involved analyzing digital images from Citibank camera
#1
andcamera #4. Camera #4 shows the Nissan passing through a portion
of
thecrosswalk at 24.1 miles per hour. This has been estimated to be the speed
of
theNissan while colliding with police car #43. Camera
#1
shows the Nissan passing
CONFIDENTIAL
MP 002511

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