St. Louis officer killed in October crash wasn't wearing seatbelt

Thursday, April 22, 2010 | 8:27 a.m. CDT; updated 9:21 a.m. CDT, Thursday, April 22, 2010

ST. LOUIS — An officer was driving too fast and not wearing a seat belt last month when he was killed in a crash, said St. Louis Police Chief Daniel Isom.

Isom told KMOX it's not known how fast 27-year-old officer David Haynes was going when his car was broadsided in an intersection during a chase.

The chief said he has been in a long-running dispute with officers about wearing seat belts. He said officers believe the belts would slow them down if they need to get out of their cars quickly.

Isom said excessive speed and not wearing a seat belt also contributed to the October 2009 crash that killed officer Julius Moore.

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