After further review of the one-vehicle accident involving Deputy Sheriff Brady Graham of the Livingston County Sheriff's Department on May 16, authorities believe the following events happened and/or contributed to the deputy losing control of the sheriff’s patrol vehicle during an emergency response call. The call was of an intruder at a home attempting to kidnap two children at the rural residence in North West Livingston County.
According to the Livingston County Sheriff Steve Cox's report, Deputy Graham was operating the patrol car with emergency lights and siren activated and was properly wearing his seatbelt. The patrol car speed reached 92 miles per hour during the response which is not excessive in an emergency code response, according to the sheriff.
In a video posted by the Sheriff's Office (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPWOGYw0BSA&feature=youtu.be) Deputy Graham continued communication with the 911 dispatcher as he was driving west bound on Highway 190. As Deputy Graham was going into the curve west of the Thompson River Bridge he hits the “Air Horn” on the siren box, in an apparent attempt to get attention of an oncoming driver that was allegedly not lawfully yielding to the emergency vehicle. Deputy Graham jerked the steering wheel as he quickly attempted to reposition his patrol car to give the on-coming vehicle more room and avoid a possible crash with another vehicle/person.
According to Cox, Deputy Graham recently graduated from the Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC) at the Missouri State Highway Patrol Training Academy.
"That week long course has day and night driving under very intense conditions including emergency response and pursuits at very high speeds," stated Cox. "We believe this training was extremely helpful for Deputy Graham in maintaining enough control of the patrol car to keep it upright and not flipping or rolling after if left the roadway on such a steep embankment. Had the vehicle rolled or flipped the deputy would have more likely suffered injury. Although the car is a loss, we are thankful that Deputy Graham’s education, training, and experience kept him from being seriously injured and from being involved in a crash with another motorist."
Cox also stated that the other important issues on this video is the importance of seat belt us. Deputy Graham was traveling 92 when he sounded the air horn at the oncoming vehicle and he was traveling 86 miles per hour when his patrol car left the roadway. In the video the contents of the car are shown being thrown around but the seatbelt kept Deputy Graham safely in the driver’s seat.
"In this case the seatbelt and training are what permitted our deputy sheriff to walk away without from this incident," said Cox.