Thursday, July 19, 2012

Traffic Violence Taking A Toll On Local Police Departments

On Sunday off-duty police officer Marc Brady was riding his bicycle on Musgrave St in East Mount Airy when he was struck head on and killed by a vehicle driven by the boyfriend of his children's mother. The boyfriend, Kareem Alleyne was charged with homicide by vehicle and manslaughter. Brady's death was the first widely reported bicycle fatality in Philadelphia since Gregory Loper was killed by a hit and run driver last fall. (Click here for a followup on the Loper case).

It's been said if you want to get away with murder, do it with a car. Homicide by vehicle carries a serious penalty but would Alleyne have been charged with manslaughter if he shot Brady with a firearm instead?

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Brady's death was one of several recent cases where a local police officer has been a victim of road violence.
  • July 8th, Millville, NJ - Officer Christopher Reeves was killed by a motorist fleeing police. 
  • July 9th, Philadelphia - An officer was killed on his motorcycle by an impaired driver traveling the wrong way on I-95.
  • June 15th, Philadelphia - Officer Milan Merke was killed on Broad St at Master when a car turned left in front of his motorcycle.
Our condolences go out to these police officers and all other victims of road violence.