Report released on fatal Jefferson City accident involving police officer

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 | 9:58 a.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY— The Missouri State Highway Patrol has released its report on an accident in which a Jefferson City police car struck a pedestrian who later died as a result of the accident.

The accident happened on U.S. 50 in November and involved 25-year-old officer Zachary Jenkins and 41-year-old Norman Carlock Jr., who was hit while walking across the highway.

According to the Jefferson City News-Tribune, the report said Jenkins was called to investigate a stalled vehicle in the highway and was driving about 74 mph when he hit Carlock. The speed limit is 65 mph.

The video from Jenkins' police car shows traffic moving steadily and the eastbound lanes of U.S. 50 West clear of obstructions. In the video, it is dark, about 9:45 p.m. on Nov. 5, 2009.

In a matter of 2 to 3 seconds, a figure seems to dissolve into view from the darkness and then is hit by the patrol car. Jenkins immediately slows the vehicle, turns on the emergency lights and turns around into the median.

Jenkins can be heard crying, "Oh my gosh! What did I just hit? No, God! No, God! No, God! No, God!" as he heads back toward the point of impact.

When Jenkins saw Carlock's body lying in the median at the edge of the highway shoulder — about 50 seconds after the accident — he called the dispatcher to call for an ambulance.

In the video, another officer is seen arriving less than a minute after Jenkins calls the dispatcher.

The report said Carlock died about three weeks later from injuries he sustained in the collision.

The report also states if Jenkins had been driving slower, Carlock likely would have been struck by the car's side mirror. Instead, he was hit by the left-front fender of the Ford Crown Victoria.

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