Distracted driving may be to blame for crash between cyclist, Peculiar police officer

Kara Marxer
July 27, 2018 - 12:36 pm
A screenshot of the video from  Joe Fasanello as the Peculiar Police SUV turns, moments before the officer crashes into Fasanello

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The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating after a Peculiar, Missouri police office struck a bicyclist Thursday.  

It happened around 6:20 p.m. at the corner of 211th Street and Route J, on the edge of the Peculiar city limits.

31-year-old Joe Fasanello was wearing a GoPro camera on his helmet and recorded the crash as it happened.  The video shows the officer cut the corner too sharply and slam into Fasanello, sending him crashing into the hood of the SUV before falling to the ground.

In the video, Officer Charles Wallace admitted to looking down at his phone as he was making the turn.  

Fasanello can be heard saying,"Why were you texting? I don't care if you're texting..." until the officer interrupts him with "I wasn't texting. I was looking at my phone."

"Either way," Fasanello says.

"I know," Officer Wallace says. "It was my bad."

Fasanello says he only has some scrapes and bruises.  He plans to see a doctor.  

Peculiar Police Chief Harry Gurin says in a statement to KMBZ: "We are sorry to see the subject on the bicycle was struck by the police vehicle.  The officer is on paid administrative leave until the highway patrol completes their investigation."

The video had raked up more than 100,000 views on YouTube by midday Friday.

WARNING: Explicit language in the video below.

 

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