Oops you got me on that one. They were traveling in the same direction, I should have said overtaking and didn't. That's the ONE point that you have to negate what I've said and it still doesn't change the FACT that the guy in the Jeep turned in front of the Deputy.
I went back and re-read all the links to news articles.... Not one of them that I have seen said anything about driver of Jeep turning into the path of the patrol car.
Here is an exact quote from one of the articles:
Originally Posted by news article
The accident happened around 5:30 p.m. when 65 year old Barry Johnson was turning into his driveway. That's when Payette County Deputy Scott Sloan hit Johnson's jeep.
The purpose of the accident investigation is to determine the chain of events in an effort to reconstruct how the accident happened. Until they make their findings public, and possibly a Jury either agrees or dis-agrees with their findings, the exact cause of the accident is all opinion.
IT IS possible that the Jeep had to come to a complete stop to wait for traffic to clear so he could make his left turn into his driveway (remember Hwy 30 is only a two lane road). The slow moving Jeep may have already been in process of making his turn and simply could not get out of the way of the patrol car fast enough. A vehicle traveling 115 mph is going to cover a lot of ground quickly, there is a curve in the road that is visible in at least one of the photos that have been posted online (I do not know if this curve was before or after the impact, or if it had anything to do with the accident, or not). However, I feel confident that the investigators know this information. Once the County Attorney reviews the investigators report, it will be interesting to see if this case is referred to the Grand Jury or not.
As others have said, you have one man dead, and his family upset, and suffering from all this. The other man (Deputy) probably has medical issues to deal with in addition to dealing with fact that Mr. Johnson died. The Deputy is surly worried about the results of the accident investigation and what effect that may have on his future.... He also is probably concerned because his family (Mother) is upset about all this. The people in New Plymouth are probably upset and divided in their opinions about how this accident happened.