Tires screech as a driver tries to avoid a collision. This simulated accident involves a police cruiser, so the New York State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is called into action.
"Our main purpose is to identify, preserve, collect, physical evidence and documentation of the collision scene," N.Y. State Police Investigator Brendan Frost said.
The unit helps investigate serious accidents where criminal charges are likely-- usually deadly crashes-- and also cases when a police cruiser is involved. Of the 3,700 accidents troopers have responded to this year, the reconstruction team has investigated 39. Their key tool-- the Electronic Total Work Station which helps them diagram the scene.
"For every hour of work we do on the road you are talking six or eight minimum hours behind the computer diagramming," N.Y. State Police Investigator Michael Campbell said.
"You can see where we plotted the excavation that we did," Campbell said. "With a scaled diagram finished and put on poster board, you'd be able to show a jury here's the house and this is exactly where we found the body."
A team of specialized investigators recreating crime scenes in an effort to obtain justice for victims.
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