Crash involving off-duty Peterborough cop ruled an accident
PETERBOROUGH — A state trooper’s preliminary investigation has concluded that neither drugs nor alcohol were a factor in a July crash on Route 101 in which an off-duty Peterborough police officer was a driver.
Officer George Xenakis, 24 of Jaffrey was taken to Monadnock Community Hospital following the crash. He was one of several people injured in the multiple-vehicle crash that occurred on a Sunday afternoon at the Union Street intersection.
In the crash, a pickup driven by Xenakis rear-ended another pickup, pushing it into a motorcycle that was in the intersection.
Xenakis was on medical leave, but according to Peterborough police logs has returned to duty since the crash.
State Trooper Kelly Healey said her preliminary investigation is complete and has ruled the crash an accident.
However, the state police Technical Accident Reconstruction team has not yet completed its investigation, she said.
“At this time there are separate entities within this investigation. My portion is complete,” Healey said.
Since T.A.R investigates all fatalities in the state it could be five to six months before it completes its investigation into the Peterborough crash, Healey said.
“They are waiting for warrants for all of the vehicles involved,” Healey said, so that the vehicle’s black boxes can be reviewed.
Whether or not speed was a factor in the crash is a matter the T.A.R. team would determine, she said.
According to the Peterborough Police Department website, Officer Xenakis has worked for the Peterborough police since January 2013. Prior to that he worked for the police full time from June of 2012 until Janunary 2013, and part-time from November 2010 until June of 2012.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Franklin Pierce University in May of 2011 and graduated from the 259th part-time Police Academy in April of 2011 and the 158th full-time Police Academy in September 2012.
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Steve Johnson said:
At that age, and considering how many cops drive while distracted (yes, those laws DO apply to you cops too despite your arrogance), I would say check his cell phone.
October 18, 2013 6:16 am
Dave Bigelow said:
Since T.A.R investigates all fatalities in the state it could be five to six months before it completes its investigation into the Peterborough crash, Healey said.“They are waiting for warrants for all of the vehicles involved,” Healey said, so that the vehicle’s black boxes can be reviewed. So did someone die from this crash? and if so why take so long to get the warrants? Do vehicles even have black boxes, anyone?
October 18, 2013 9:53 am
Steve Johnson said:
@Dave Bigelow, A black box in a car is called an "event data recorder", and has been in many modern vehicles for years. General Motors and Ford implement them on virtually all their vehicles, while Mercedes and Audi didn't use them at all, but may now. It is estimated that more than 96% of all vehicles already have them. They are due to become mandatory in 2014 by law.
October 18, 2013 11:11 am
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Sorry, the story you tried to comment on is not accepting comments. If you are experiencing issues with your account please e-mail email@example.com. Anyone ever see the notice listed above when you tried to post a comment to a story? It's a first for me but, I find it very interesting how the Union Leader is shutting off comment on ANY story.
October 18, 2013 11:15 am
Steve Johnson said:
@AL LeBlanc, I have seen that occasionally, and I question it too.
October 18, 2013 12:13 pm
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