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BOARDMAN Cruiser hits car, killing motorist



Published: Fri, February 1, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Both vehicles were headed north on Southern Boulevard, the patrol said.

BOARDMAN -- For the second time in three weeks, a motorist has died of injuries from a crash with a police car.

A Boardman Township cruiser answering a predawn call today about a burglary in progress at a home on Glenridge Avenue crashed into a car on Southern Boulevard near Home Depot, just north of U.S. Route 224.

The driver, Steven Memmer, 21, of Boardman, died at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

The crash happened just before 3 a.m. Boardman police said the cruiser was driven by Patrolman Jack Cochran, who was treated for injuries.

Piecing it together: Lt. Brian Girts of the Ohio State Highway Patrol at Canfield, which is investigating, said preliminary indications are that Cochran's cruiser was following Memmer's car north on Southern Boulevard.

Girts said two witnesses told investigators that the cruiser siren and flashers were operating.

He said that as Cochran's car moved alongside Memmer's car, Memmer turned left, trying to get into a private driveway, and was struck broadside by the cruiser.

There was no immediate indication how fast either car was going.

Boardman Police Department policy allows officers to "use emergency vehicular response when responding to an aggravated burglary of a residence or business in progress, or having just occurred, when it is likely that the emergency response will result in an arrest."

There was no immediate word on the work status of Cochran. Further details about the burglary, reported in the 6000 block of Glenridge, were not available.

Earlier crash: Joseph Robertson, 18, of Warren, was killed Jan. 11 when, according to police reports, he pulled his car into the path of a state patrolman's car at North River and Elm roads in Warren while the trooper was chasing a suspected drunken driver.




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