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Los Angeles District Attorney's Office report on Rex Fowler

Los Angeles District Attorney's Office report on Rex Fowler

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This is the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office "Charge Evaluation Worksheet" for El Segundo Police Officer Rex Fowler on the May 26, 2011 crash that killed Hawthorne Police Officer Andrew Garton.
This is the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office "Charge Evaluation Worksheet" for El Segundo Police Officer Rex Fowler on the May 26, 2011 crash that killed Hawthorne Police Officer Andrew Garton.

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ChargeEvaluationWorksheetJ.S.I.D.File#11-077IRCHPFile#SF-24-11Page2of6
TheJusticeSystemIntegrityDivisionoftheLosAngelesCountyDistrictAttorney'sOfficehascompleteditsreviewoftheallegationthatElSegundoPoliceDepartmentSergeantRexFowler,Serial#360,committedthecrimeofvehicularmanslaughterinviolationofPenalCodesection192(c)(2).Forthereasonssetforthbelow,thisofficedeclinestoinitiatecriminalproceedingsagainstRexFowler.ThefollowinganalysisisbasedonreportspreparedbytheCaliforniaHighwayPatrol(CHP),SouthernDivision,submittedtothisofficeforfilingconsiderationbyCHPOfficerPaulGray.Compelledstatementswerenotconsideredaspartofthisanalysis.FACTUALANALYSISOnMay26,2011,officersfromseveralSouthBayareapoliceagencieswereassignedtoprovidetrafficcontrolforthefuneralprocessionofafallenManhattanBeachPoliceDepartmentofficer.Theprocessionstartedatachurchon15
th
StreetintheCityofManhattanBeachandtraveledabout14milestoacemeteryintheCityofRanchoPalosVerdes.
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HawthornePoliceDepartmentOfficerAndrewGartonand
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SegundoPoliceDepartmentSergeantRexFowlerwereamongapproximately40motorcycleofficersassistingintrafficcontrolforthemotorcade.Theyeachhadsignificantmotorcycleridingexperienceandtrainingonpersonalandpolicemotorcycles.
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At8:30a.m.,atthechurch,GartonandFowlerattendedabriefingbyaManhattanBeachPoliceDepartmentsergeantfortheofficersparticipatinginthemotorcade.Theplanwastohavethefuneralprocessionproceedinthenumbertwolane,leavingthenumberonelaneopenfortravelofthemotorcycleofficerstocontroltraffic.'Allofthemotorcycleofficershadtheiremergencylightsactivatedduringtheprocession.At12:32p.m.,approximatelyeightmilesintotheprocession,whiletravelinginthenumberonesouthboundlaneonHawthorneBoulevardintheCityofTorrance,SergeantFowlersawanon-participatingvehicleentertheprocessioninthenumbertwolane.Fowlerrodenexttothevehicle,advisedthedrivertomovetotherightandledthevehicletothewestcurb.AsFowlerleftthewestcurb,hedroveata45degreeangletowardthenumberonesouthboundlaneintendingtoblocktheintersectionatWest227
th
Street.Atthesametime,OfficerGartonwasapproachingataminimumof50milesperhour(mph)inthenumberonelanepassingtheprocession.'AsFowlerenteredthelane,GartonappliedhisbrakesbutcollidedintotheleftsideofFowler'smotorcycle,whichwasfacingslightlysoutheastandalmoststoppedinthenumberonelaneattheintersectionofWest227
th
Street.Bothofficerswereejectedfromtheirmotorcycles.
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Althoughhehadattendedmotorcadeanddignitaryprotectiontraininginthe1990's,Fowleradmittedthathewasnotfamiliarwithworkingmotorcades,particularlywithotherpoliceagencies.
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The"numberone"lanereferstothelaneclosesttothecenterdividerwiththenumbertwolanebeingnextclosestandsoon.
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ThepostedspeedlimitforthissegmentofHawthomeBoulevardwas40mph.
 
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GartonandhismotorcyclestruckacarstoppedonnorthboundHawthorneBoulevard."Fowlerlandedinthesouthboundleft
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laneofHawthorneBoulevardatWest227
th
Street.BothofficerswerequicklyadministeredemergencymedicalcareandtransportedtoUCLAMedicalCenterwhereOfficerGartonsuccumbedtohisinjuries.'Fowlersufferedmultiplefracturestohislowerleftlegandabrasionstohisbackandhead.TheTorrancePoliceDepartmentinitiallyrespondedtothesceneandrequestedthattheCHPrespondtoconducttheinvestigation.CommandstafffromCHP'sSouthLosAngelesArearespondedandassignedtheinvestigationtotheSouthernDivisionMultidisciplinaryAccidentInvestigationTeam(MAIT).6MAlTconductedahighlydetailedanalysisofthecollision.Asa"conservative"estimate,MAlTdeterminedthatGartonwastravelinga
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of50mphatthetimeheappliedhisbrakes.Atthetimeofimpact,Fowler'smotorcyclewasatashallowangletoGarton'smotorcycle,meaningFowlerwaspointedmoreinthesamedirectionasGartonasopposedtoperpendicular.MAlTfurtherconcludedthathadGartonbeentravelingatthepostedspeedlimitof40mphandperceivedandreactedatthesamelocationashedidinthecollision,hecouldhavecometoacompletestopapproximately13feetbeforetheareaofimpact.MAlTconcludedthatthe"primary"collisionfactorwasFowler'sunsafelanechangewithGarton'sspeedbeingan"associated"factorasfollows:
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"2.WhenSergeantFowlerencroachedintothe#1lane,OfficerGartonwastoocloseandconstitutedanimmediatehazard.DuetothefactthatSergeantFowlersawothermotorcycleofficerstravelinginthe#1laneatanexcessivespeed,heshouldhavereasonablyexpectedthepossibilityofothermotorcycleofficersoccupyingthe#1lane,leapfrogginguptothefrontoftheprocessionatafastpace.Thisunsafelanechangewastheprimarycollisionfactorinthecollision.3.OfficerGartonwastravelingataminimumspeedof50milesperhourpriortothiscollisionevent.Thisisinexcessofthepostedspeedlimitof40milesperhour.
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wasdeterminedthathadOfficerGartonbeentravelingatorbelowthepostedspeedlimitandundercertainassumptions,hecouldhaveavoidedcollidinginto(Fowler)orataminimum,mitigatedtheinjuriessustained.OfficerGarton'sspeedwasdeterminedtobeanassociatedfactorinthiscollision."
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JohnMitchell,thedriverofthestoppedcar,statedthatthefirstmotorcycle(Fowler)hadbeentravelingsouthandturnedleftrelativelysharply.Thesecondmotorcycleofficer(Garton)"wasgoingreallyfastrightbehindthefirstone."HeopinedthatGartonwas"goingtoofast,"butthatthecollisionwouldnothavehappenedhadthefirstridernotturnedintothepathofthesecondone.Hefelttheprocedureandthespeedsatwhichtheywereridingleduptothecollision.
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DeputyMedicalExaminerPaulGlinieckiattributedthecauseofdeathtomultiplebluntforcetraumaticinjuries.
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MAlTconsistsofinvestigatorswithspecializedskillsandtraininginaccidentreconstruction,trafficengineeringandautomotiveengineering.

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