Horrifying Dashcam Shows Cop Ram Motorcycle and Kill the Driver — For Speeding
Summerville, SC — A horrifying police dashcam was released from a fatal incident this week showing Berkeley County deputy James Vansant ramming a motorcycle twice with his cruiser. The strikes caused the motorcyclist, 30-year-old Robert Lee Clark, Jr. of Goose Creek, to crash. He was immediately killed.
The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office posted a video to their YouTube page on Thursday, showing the Wednesday night police pursuit lasting at least five minutes in Summerville, South Carolina. The chase reached speeds of at least 111 miles per hour and it was all initiated over a minor speeding charge.
The pursuit began when Vansant saw Clark going 66mph on his motorcycle in a 45-zone, Chief Deputy Mike Cochran said, WCSC reported.
The dash camera video shows Clark braking hard abruptly before speeding off multiple times during the approximately 8-mile chase. Toward the end of the chase, Clark brakes again, at which point Vansant’s cruiser rams the motorcycle at a speed of around 90 miles per hour.
Then, at the 5:26 mark, Clark is seen being slightly thrown forward as his bike slows down and is once again rammed by Vansant’s vehicle. Clark, not wearing a helmet, veers right apparently in an attempt to drive between a pulled-over vehicle and the sidewalk, but he crashes and is thrown to the sidewalk.
Although Vansant is on paid administrative leave, the department is already attempting to blame the overt case of vehicular homicide on Clark’s practice of changing gears.
As WCSC reports, when the motorcyclist attempted to accelerate away, the operator appears to have missed a gear while the motorcycle continued to slow, causing contact between the motorcycle and the front right corner of the deputy’s vehicle, Cochran said.
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