'Why were you texting?': Video shows police officer driving into stopped bicyclist

A collision between a bicyclist and a Missouri police officer has prompted an investigation as video appearing to show the crash has been viewed over a million times.

A video titled "Cop Distracted by Phone Hits Me Head On" was posted to YouTube Thursday and has since been widely circulated on social media. It shows a bicyclist stopped at an intersection being struck by a police SUV labeled "Peculiar, MO" as the vehicle makes a left turn.

The footage was shot from the bicyclist's point-of-view.

"Why the (expletive) were you looking at your phone, officer?" the bicyclist asks immediately after the collision. "Why were you texting?" he asks later.

The video goes on to show the officer acknowledging he was using his phone but denying that he was texting. 

"It was my bad ... I wasn't paying attention," the officer says.

The video ends with a voiceover from the bicyclist, saying he was sore but not seriously injured. He said the bike was "most likely toast."

A Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report says a crash occurred on Thursday in Peculiar involving Charles Wallace, driving an SUV, and Joseph Fasanello, a bicyclist. 

KCTV-5 has identified Wallace as the officer shown in the video and Fasanello as the bicyclist. In an interview, Fasanello told the TV station that the officer was an "irresponsible moron."

The station reports Wallace has been suspended with pay while the Missouri State Highway Patrol investigates the incident.

Among the contributing factors in the crash: Fasanello had pulled up past the stop sign and the intersection itself was narrow, Collin Stosberg, of the Missouri Highway Patrol, told KMBC 9.

The station reports in a Facebook post that Highway Patrol has confirmed distraction was a contributing factor in the incident.


July 28, 2018

Sources: USA Today

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She will carry jets that measure 51.2ft (15.6m) in overall length</p><p>Speaking aboard the 65,000-tonne carrier at Portsmouth Naval Base, Captain Jerry Kyd said The Royal Navy would struggle 'to remain credible as a first-class sea power' without the capability of its new aircraft carrier to fly fighter jets, according to the commanding officer of HMS Queen Elizabeth.</p><p>Captain Kyd said the capability provided by the giant warship, and its sister ship HMS Prince of Wales which is still being fitted out, brought the Royal Navy into the 'top league'.</p><p>But he conceded that the navy was only a 'medium-sized' force in terms of 'mass' of assets.  </p><p>He said: 'This capability genuinely will probably mean we are a country with a medium-sized sea power again. This is a strategic output at the top-end scale.</p><p>A view of the badge of HMS Queen Elizabeth on the side of the ship, as final preparations are made prior to her setting sail</p><p>All hands on deck on the the UK's largest ever warship. Royal Navy ratings re-paint white lines on the flight deck</p><p>HMS Queen Elizabeth, currently undergoing sea trials, is one of two new warships being built for the UK, which together are expected to cost £6.2 billion</p><p>HMS Queen Elizabeth has had a traditional British pub built on board in time for her maiden voyage on Saturday at 6pm</p><p>(L-R) Commander Darren Houston, Chris Welham CEO of Wadworth and Capt Jerry Kyd of HMS Queen Elizabeth which has had a traditional British pub built on board in time for her maiden voyage. It's called the Queen's Head </p><p>(L-R) WO2 Cozzie Costema, PO Dan Young and CPO (PTI) Sticky Vercoe, at the floating Queen Elizabeth pub on board the ship</p><p>Commander James Blackmore, Air Commander for HMS Queen Elizabeth, in his seat inside FLYCO (Flying Control)</p><p>Commodore Andrew Betton concluded: 'This is the first small-scale iteration of that and frankly everyone wants to be a part of it and if you're in Royal Navy uniform why wouldn't you want to be.'</p><p>On leaving Portsmouth Naval Base, HMS Queen Elizabeth will carry out tests in UK waters before heading across the Atlantic to the US where as well as the tests, it will visit New York.</p><p>It will be joined by support ship RFA Tiderace and Plymouth-based Type-23 frigate HMS Monmouth as well as Merlin MK2 helicopters from 820 Naval Air Squadron, RNAS Culdrose, Mk 4 Merlins from 845 Naval Air Squadron, RNAS Yeovilton, and Royal Marines from 42 Commando, Plymouth.</p><p>The first of the UK's joint Royal Navy and RAF F-35B supersonic jets arrived from America in June and are based at RAF Marham in Norfolk.</p><p>Testing with these British aircraft is expected to take place onboard HMS Queen Elizabeth next year.</p><p>It has already undergone training with helicopters which have carried out more than 1,000 take-offs and landings.</p><p>The carrier is expected to embark on its first operational deployment in 2021.</p><p>Bags of onions are stacked in the hangar of HMS Queen Elizabeth as preparations are made for its cross Atlantic journey</p><p>Running machines and cross trainers inside HMS Queen Elizabethwhich will sail with 1,500 sailors, aircrew and marines</p><p> - The jet measures 51.2ft (15.6m) in overall length, has a wingspan of 35ft (10.7m) and a height of 14.3ft (4.36m).</p><p>- It has a top speed of 1.6 Mach or 1,200 mph, a Max G rating of 7G, and a combat radius of 518 miles (833km).</p><p>- Lockheed Martin, the American company building the jet, describes its stealth capabilities as 'unprecedented'. Its airframe design, advanced materials and other features make it 'virtually undetectable to enemy radar'.</p><p>- Britain has committed to a £9.1 billion programme to buy 48 of the jets by 2025 - with a pledge to purchase 138 - they will be jointly operated by Royal Air Force and Royal Navy pilots.</p><p>- The F-35B jets are built from more than 300,000 individual parts.</p><p>- The UK's supersonic aircraft have been based in the US since their manufacture.</p><p>- There are six distributed aperture system sensors around the jet - two underneath, two on top of the aircraft and one either side of the nose. These infrared cameras feed real-time information and images into the pilot's helmet, allowing them to see through the airframe.</p><p>- All variants of the jets are mainly constructed on Lockheed Martin's mile-long production line in Fort Worth, Texas.</p><p>- The F-35 can launch from land, and will take off from HMS Queen Elizabeth via the skip jump ramp, which has been designed to optimise the launch.</p><p>- Maximum thrust tops 40,000lb and the jet has a range of 900 nautical miles.</p><p>- The jet is capable of two types of ship landing - vertically on to the deck, and also through the shipborne rolling vertical landing, which using forward air speed, allows the aircraft to bring back several thousand pounds of extra weight to the ship.</p><p>- The warplanes will carry out missions from the two Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers - HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales.</p><p>- Lockheed Martin said across the 3,000 jets being built, 15% of each one is comprised of parts from British companies.</p><p>- Some of the UK companies with contracts to produce parts of jets includes Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems, Ultra Electronics, Selex, Cobham and GE Aviation.</p><p>- Lockheed Martin UK chief executive Peter Ruddock said that, to date, the F-35 programme has generated 13.5 billion dollars in contracts for British suppliers.</p><p>- HMS Queen Elizabeth weighs 65,000 tonnes and has a top speed of 25 knots, its flight deck is 919ft (280m) long and 230ft (70m) wide - enough space for three football pitches.</p><p>£3b, not £3m. 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