Russell Pearce's Son Sean Pearce: Video of Killer Car Crash
The Glendale Police Department today released video of MCSO Deputy Sean Pearce's December 16, car crash, which killed 63-year-old Glendale resident John Harding.
A local businesswoman provided the video to police, and there are two angles. The first is from the southbound side of North 59th Avenue and shows Harding's gray Nissan Cube pulling out from West Hayward Avenue, when he is T-boned by Pearce's unmarked black Chevy Tahoe, which was going north on North 59th.
The second video shows where both cars ended up: across several lanes of traffic, with the Tahoe crashing into a sign on the southbound side of North 59th Avenue.
Perace's vehicle was not equipped with lights or a siren.
Glendale investigators determined that the Tahoe was going 81 miles per hour just seconds before the crash. The posted speed limit is 40 mph.
A reconstruction supplement was released today along with photos, the videos you see here, and other documents contained additional info on the accident.
One factoid: the Tahoe weighed 6,005 pounds, more than twice the 2,975 pounds of Harding's Nissan.
An analysis of data retrieved from the vehicles by the supplement's author, Glendale PD investigator T. Yoder, found that just prior to the crash, Pearce took his foot off the accelerator and hit the brakes.
The recorded vehicle speed of 81 mph "dropped to the last recorded value of 57 mph prior to impact," reads the report.
Yoder estimated the actual speed at impact to be from 48 to 53 mph.