Russell Pearce's Son Sean Pearce: Video of Killer Car Crash

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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.

Read the Glendale PD's supplemental report quoted in this blog post

Perace's vehicle was not equipped with lights or a siren.

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First video: crash occurs around the 27-second mark

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.

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First video: crash occurs around the 27-second mark
Part two, the aftermath, showing the Tahoe hitting a sign

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.


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Alex Johns
Alex Johns

Why is there an MCSO sherriff badge with this story?

Katie Ann Holmes
Katie Ann Holmes

I hate Pierce and all that he stands for. However, after watching the video it is clear that the woman pulled out in front of oncoming traffic. Now, I'm not saying that he isn't at fault for speeding- which he should be charged with but I don't think he should be charged with manslaughter.

submarine
submarine

Not an elder Pearce fan but it doesn't look like he was going quite as fast as they determined prior, so not as fast at point of impact. The other truck, maybe a Nissan or Dodge that was following the Tahoe looks to be going the same speed. Did anyone talk to that driver? A lot is being made about the speed which is why I comment on it. Not sure why he was driving on the right to be going as fast as he was. Looks like the Cube driver turned just as the other car turning left passed him, so he missed that final "look left". The County should definitely pay, but I'm as confident as some about lynching Pearce after viewing the video. 

Garyn Klasek
Garyn Klasek

Really, Niamh? If yer talking about the Pearce family, boo fucking hoo. Poor guy killed someone on the job and still has that job. If yer talking about the victim's family, they don't HAVE to click on the video and watch it and I'm sure they are glad that the evidence is out there so that they can hopefully get something close to justice..

Michael Herrera
Michael Herrera

Tom, really? Are you a cop? This cop is still on the police force and getting paid!! He killed someone!!!! Plain and simple!! People should know what he is getting away with. If anyone else kills anyone they go to prison!

Tom Kennedy
Tom Kennedy

I cant stand Pearce or anything about him. He is pond scum to me............but, this is about his kid who may have made a very bad mistake. I am sure he didnt plan for this to happen. This has nothing to do with his family. Just let this play out. Dont need to see it keep popping up on the internet. That has an effect on BOTH families. BAck off.

Leigh Washington
Leigh Washington

I hope they checked the status of his citizenship. Condolences to the deceased's family.

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

The nut doesn't fall far from the tree.

Niamh Borrel
Niamh Borrel

Ah yes like his family are not tortured enough seeing it on the tv played over & over, you put it up on the internet..

Nick Gonzalez
Nick Gonzalez

The Pearce family...the gifts that keep on giving.

jurywork
jurywork

Wow!  This guy will walk.  That Gentleman's Ghost will haunt this little play-cop for a long time.

Roger Morris
Roger Morris

like father like son. must be that j.t ready tea party juice flowing while on so called supervised probation.

mrsmotz55
mrsmotz55

The Pearce Family seems to think they are entitled and the rules do not pertain to them.  As the Director of MVD for many years, Russell Pearce was fired from his position along with two other MVD Managers for instructing another employee to make a illegal transaction on a Constitutes record. Mr. Pearce should know better than to try and skirt the law but obviously he thought he could get away with it.  It appears he teaches his kids  the same morals!  When Sean Pearce lied to Law Enforcement about how fast he was going, why did he not tell the truth?? Sean Pearce needs to pay for taking the life of a innocent man. However, I am sure the Arrogant Pearce family is only concerned about Little Sean, not the innocent man

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Just a thought, but where's twice-disgraced, corrupt, narcissistic and mentally sick Pearce to squawk about this? He's been eerily silent since this news broke.....

James Sutton
James Sutton

Wow and the County Attorney says this does not meet the threshold for negligent homicide? This is one you let the jury decide. This is tragic to both the Deputy and the Victims family.

Todd B Hubbell
Todd B Hubbell

Needs to go to jail - he skipped out before this guy is a habitual crook

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

If there is no traffic light at that intersection, it appears to me that the car that got hit pulled out into oncoming traffic and got smacked.  A friend of mine got his car totalled by some jackass who did that to him.  Without actually going to the intersection and looking I would be unable to tell of the vision of the "victim" was obscured or not.  However, When I'm pulling out into an un-regulated intersection, I'm VERY careful about what's coming my way.  Some of the fault will be on the person who pulled out into traffic without looking. 

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

It would be interesting to see if Pearce personally owned the Tahoe.

That might be why it wasn't equipped with lightsand sirens.

Bnbk
Bnbk

Why the hell does PNT keep removing my comments ? I simply replied to Tommy and raised questions that I had about Yoder's report. I attacked no one,simply raised valid questions. I don't get it , PNT's allows JAFfy , and others to mouth off to everyone and make threats,but I cant ask legitimate questions ? I'm sure PNT's will delete this comment as well. Who the hell did PNT hire as a monitor ?

Lou Peña
Lou Peña

After reading the article, it's quite clear that the cops department is covering for him. He should lose his badge and get thrown in jail.

Phillip Robertson
Phillip Robertson

Niki Toland, attention to detail before commenting is not required but it would add credibility or at the least help your comments make sense. Enjoy the kool-aid and please don't vote...

Phillip Robertson
Phillip Robertson

The pierce family has done enough to this state. How long are we going to accept such actions from this unethical family of urban cowboys!

annarkey14
annarkey14

When the head of the agency regularly flouts the law, is it surprising that his minions do likewise?


Besides, homicide is nothing new for the MCSO. Remember Marty Attencio?


Just as no one has been held accountable for his death, in all likelihood the same thing will happen here.

Kim Villarreal
Kim Villarreal

Too bad his dads Karma comes to the kid. Maybe that's how Russell is to learn how he inflicted pain on so many innocent people.

Ra Ra
Ra Ra

That cop should be arrested and charged with manslaughter like the rest of us would be!

Paul Faulconer Gallegos
Paul Faulconer Gallegos

What doesn't surprise me Is one of the news stations didn't even report that he was son of R pierce! Huh.

Richard Davenport
Richard Davenport

you should be charged with murder his badge and gun should be taken away.

Hector Joe Mora
Hector Joe Mora

This s.o.b. Pig should be wearing pink panties . He is still working as a pig ,so it looks like he is going to remain free . Looks like they are acting like the rest of the pigs in Arizona .

Bert Oso
Bert Oso

They stated that if the officer was driving the proper speed that the other driver would have been clear and out of the way!!!!! WTF!!!!!! So now it looks like that if your driving and see a undercover vehicle (thats if you can spot one out) with no lights or sirens you must get out of the way to not be hit and possibly killed? Annnnnd that "under certain conditions" the cops in a marked or unmarked vehicle can increase there speed without putting the civilians driving in danger. I see marked and unmarked vehicles flying down the road with no "under certain conditions" going on. They will find a way to flip iy and the officer will be given a lighter charge and they will offer the family a buy out then under the rug it will go. SAD VERY SAD smh

Michael Herrera
Michael Herrera

This is the last you will read or hear about this, swept under the carpet so he can work and drive freely as he wishes, he has a badge you know!!

Heather Banks
Heather Banks

Niki if you'd read the article, you'd have seen where if the cop wasn't going twice the posted speed limit with no sirens, etc. he never would have hit the Nissan. This one isn't "grandpa's" fault.

Francisco Cortez
Francisco Cortez

81 miles per hour in a 40mph zone? Russell Pearce is a crook! his son will walk free.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

James, MontyPug is nothing more than a concubine for the Arizona GOP.

He does what his puppet masters tell him to do. Nothing more and nothing less.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@ExpertShot  Couple of points.


Pearce was moving at 80 MPH


At that speed it is entirely possible and probable that the driver saw him, but due to the distance did not guage him to be going 80MPH and therefore started to pull out. Pearce would have been covering enough ground, fast enough to be far enough away to be unable to accurately gauge Pearces speed from a head on view as the driver who pulled out had.


Pearce was in the center lane. In that lane, at that speed, with the amount of ground being covered it's 100% possible and again probable that the driver pulling out never even saw him since Pearces vehicle would have been masked by other vehicles to the right of Pearces - Pearces speed then brought him into view and contact after the driver already started to pull out never having seen him.


No matter how you look at this, Pearces speed and only Pearces speed caused this.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967  At which point I want to know why a personal vehicle was being used, that had not been equipped, seeing as how the county pays to outfit officers personal vehicle if they are going to be used on duty.


They have to get approval for personal vehicles to be used, so that those vehicles can be outfitted properly.




Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@Bnbk  I don't think it's PNT


I think it's the crappy software that they use via LiveFyre and quite often it screws up.. sometimes not taking comments that you think have posted, others not showing all comments, etc...


i.e. LiveFyre sucks, their servers are unreliable and often have problems... one of the reasons so few sites actually use them.

sprice1940
sprice1940

Sounds like a case for discrimination against Russell Pearce to me.  They didn’t give him he's due paid vacation like they do for all the other cops that commit murders.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

@Flyer9753 @ExpertShotI agree that the speed of vehicle one contributed to the accident, but like I said, some of the fault will be placed on Vehicle two for pulling out into oncoming traffic.
  Do you disagree that that prosecuter will use the fact that vehicle 2 got smacked by oncoming traffic when he pulled out in front of it in considering whether or not to prosecute Pearce?  Not apologizing for him, just stating facts.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

@Flyer9753 @MaskedMagician1967 

Keep in mind Pearce (or a county representative) has to file an insurance claim against the Tahoe, since the Tahoe was totaled.

And what about workman's comp? Pearce likely was injured himself. After all, traveling 80 MPH and totaling your car will leave you with some sort of an injury.

I also predict that Pearce will try to sue the insurance company for his injuries (assuming he sustained any) and his workman's comp (assuming he applied for it and it was granted) plus lost wages, etc. 

It'll be interesting to see whose name appears on the check the insurance company cuts for the replacement vehicle... 

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

@Flyer9753 @MaskedMagician1967 

I want to know too. Especially if it is a personal vehicle.  As it stands now I'm merely guessing. Since he has to file an insurance claim against the car claiming total loss, it'll be interesting to see if it is a county vehicle or his own.

Sean, knowing he likely could get away with it, didn't seek county approval. Again, speculation.

I don't think it releases the county from liability (thanks again Joe for costing Maricopa County taxpayers an arm and a leg) and I hope MontyPug develops the intestinal fortitude to actually prosecute this twit...

Bnbk
Bnbk

@Flyer9753 @Bnbk I will try to repost my comment and condense it as it was a bit long. Will repost as soon as a get a chance this time without the links. My comments seem to get lost or deleted when I provide links for some odd reason. Thanks Flyer.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@ExpertShot @Flyer9753  Another way to look at it.


What you are saying, would be comparable to saying "I didn't hit you, you ran into my fist as it was heading for your face"

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@ExpertShot @Flyer9753  Of course the prosecutor would try but trying does not make it so.


To an extent I agree, he pulled out in to oncoming traffic. That's a black and white binary way of looking at one portion of the available information and not looking at the whole of the available information.


Does someone killing someone in self defense commit murder? 


In a binary world narrow view world, yes, but we don't live in a binary world.


This is the same. Pearces speed caused this, nothing else.

Bnbk
Bnbk

@Flyer9753 @Bnbk I will try to post next time using your suggestion. Thanks again Flyer.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@Bnbk @Flyer9753  Something that might help you.


I just now tried to copy a link and some associated text into a comment on here and it failed saying 'malformed content' even though I could not see any odd characters or symbols.


I put what I wanted to paste into notepad, then copied from the notepad to the NT comment and it worked. 


It's possible some CSS formatting that you and I can't see, from whatever you are copying, is being pasted into the comment box and LiveFyre doesn't like it.


Try when you are doing things like that (copying and pasting into a comment), to format/write the message in notepad then copy that into the NT comment box. 


Since notepad doesn't pay attention to formatting and strips it out, what you then post in the comment area will be clean.

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