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Probe Into Fatal Crash in Oxford is Underway

The Seymour Police Department has opened an internal affairs investigation into the crash that claimed the life of a 15-year-old Oxford boy.

 

The Seymour Police Department has officially opened an internal affairs investigation into a car crash that claimed the life of 15-year-old Oxford boy Brandon Giordano on March 9. 

The department has 60 days to complete its investigation, which will be led by Lt. Paul Satkowski.

The announcement comes weeks after Eric Ramirez, 20, of 3 Wood Road, Oxford, was charged by state police with misconduct with a motor vehicle, reckless driving, engaging police in pursuit and two driving infractions in relation to the crash. He was driving a 2000 Ford Mustang on the night of March 9 and refused to pull over for Seymour Police Officer Anthony Renaldi, who said he tried to stop the driver because the car had illegal neon lights on its undercarriage, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. 

In that report, Renaldi said he chased the Mustang briefly before breaking off he pursuit due to the high rate of speed in which Ramirez was driving. Renaldi said he later came in contact with a state police officer near the Oxford-Seymour line and explained the situation. Renaldi and the trooper drove off to look for the vehicle and quickly came upon it laying upside down in front of a building at 43 Old State Road No. 67.

Following the crash, police estimated that the car had reached 91 mph at one point during the chase; it eventually struck an embankment on a turn on Old State Road No. 67 at a rate of 61 mph, twice the speed limit in that area. The car, carrying three teens, flew some 59 feet and hit a building head on before landing upside down, trapping all three teens in the car and killing Giordano, the backseat passenger, on impact. Ramirez was seriously injured but survived; Giordano was pronounced dead on the scene. 

The Seymour Police Department has said the case will be reviewed "to determine if any department policies or procedures have been violated with regards to the action of the Seymour Police Officer."

Plovebug October 06, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Wow. This is quite the debate. As a mother I hope I never bear the loss of my child and I wish Angela and her entire family strength, hope, and prayers as they will forever feel Brandon's loss for the rest of their lives. Some of my dear friends are police officers and I applaud them every day for putting their life on the line to ensure the safety of those around them. Every night their kids and wives pray them come home to their children. It is a very difficult think to say if the police officer is at fault here (in my opinion). As a police officer you are held accountable to serve the law, have strong decision making, do what is right even when no one is looking, and ensure the safety of all those in the community. If a car was driving by me doing 91 MPH or had bright neon lights driving 91 MPH I would call the police myself as I would be afraid if that car doing 91MPH hit me accompanied by my 2 year old son. Why should someone elses life be jeopardized do to someone else's wreck less driving? Why did Brandon die and not the person behind the wheel? Brandon was a passenger with no control.
Plovebug October 06, 2012 at 06:40 PM
That police office was advocating for those passengers in the car who had no control over how fast the driver decided to go.... the police officer was advocating for all other Oxford residents who could have gotten killed. Its a really sad sad story and I hope justice is served... but I do not agree with the police officer being at fault. Police Officers to an oath to protect and serve the community.... and this officer was doing just that. RIP Brandon.
Angela October 07, 2012 at 01:12 AM
If the police officer was doing 91 miles an hour also, then what? And as I have previously stated in past comments, I do not just forgive Eric, I forgive the officer as well, although I have not heard one word from him. Holding anger and unforgiveness is not what is going to help me in the long run.
Angela October 07, 2012 at 07:33 AM
The lights on that car were not bright neon lights. They were undercarriage lights that lite up pink, blue, purple, green, etc. Hardly blinding. But still illegal for use on the road.
Angela October 07, 2012 at 07:34 AM
No one should have passed, not Brandon, and not the driver either.

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