As various local news outlets have reported, an off-duty Chicago Police Officer was recently charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving injuries and disorderly conduct for filing a false police report after a rather interesting turn of events stemming from allegations that the officer ran into a pedestrian on a bicycle and is alleged to have later filed a report claiming the accident was the pedestrian’s fault.
Details are still trickling in, but the news reports paint a picture where, in the early morning hours of August 3, a young woman was struck while riding her bike by a pickup truck that left her with a number of injuries.
As the articles allege, the driver twice called 911 to report the accident (with rather vague details), but when the paramedics showed up, reportedly attempted to drive around the downed pedestrian and hit two parked cars. Two days later, the off duty officer reportedly filed a police report where he then claimed that the pedestrian ignored a stop sign and allegedly hit his truck.
In addition to charges for leaving the scene of an accident, this police report filing has reportedly led to charges for disorderly conduct for filing a false police report. As is often the case, high profile stories such as these can tend to take on a life of their own, and surely there will be more details to come in this strange turn of events, but stories such as these are always an occasion to take pause and reflect on just how stressful the immediate aftermath of an auto accident can be.
Oftentimes, disagreements or disputes — the back and forth “finger pointing” — can take an already bad situation for everyone involved and make it worse.
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