According to the Charlotte Observer the Carolina's Medical Center has reported that CMPD officer Joseph Willinsky, who was critically injured in a crash on October 14, 2009, has been upgraded to fair condition.
A report released Oct. 16 from the police department says Willinsky had his lights and siren activated as he headed for the apartments from the intersection of Park and Woodlawn roads. Willinsky traveled at speeds up to 93 mph, the report states.
Willinsky’s vehicle came in contact with an elevated roadway at the intersection of Fairview and Sharon roads, his vehicle bottomed out and the officer lost control. He crashed into an embankment at 62 mph, according to the report. But most I've talked to concede that the real speed was higher.
CP is glad to hear the Officer Willinsky is on a steady road to recovery. Reports I've heard say the swelling around his brain and eased and he's out of danger for the time being. The long term effects of his injury will not be known for sometime.
As for Chief Monroe, he's flapping his gums more than ever and continues his shoot from the hip, with his I know everything comments:
"We know that he was responding to ... a stolen automobile in progress or a theft from a vehicle," said Police Chief Rodney Monroe.
Willinsky was not wearing a seat belt, according to police. While CMPD officers we talked with say they are not required to wear seat belts, department spokesperson Rob Tufano said, "Police officers are not exempt from state statute requiring people to wear seat belts when driving."
"It was a very, very violent impact, so much so, that even if he possibly were in a seatbelt, that impact pretty much would've ripped that seatbelt out," said Monroe.
"During the time I was taking some of my classes, I was in class with him and I also know his father and spoke to his mother during graduation," said Monroe.
More Bullshit UGH!
But that is were the Observer's coverage stops.
What is missing is that everyone knows that the intersection of Sharon and Fairview has a crazy hump in it and even at the speed limit you really get tossed in the air.
Also missing is that the officer was not driving a Ford LTD which would have handled the road better and absorbed the impact more efficiently. The considerable smaller Chevy Impala is not the kind of car you want to hit anything in.
Finally is the seat belt issue. Not wearing your seat belt, is at least on the surface dumb. But cops do it all the time, and understandably so. But for Rob Tufano to say that officers are required to and RoMo to say it wouldn't have made a difference shows just how out of sync the CMPD is, a true to life case of left hand and right hand not having a clue.
Personally I don't wear my seat belt unless I'm on the open road or interstate, so call me stupid but then I don't drive 93 miles an hour.
WBTV shows the accident scene and the dash cam video
Prior Observer Coverage:
Police officer reached speeds of 93 mph before wreck
The April Five Organization is collecting donations to assist Officer Joseph Willinsky with medical/long-term care expenses. If you would like to send a donation, please write his name in the memo line of your check and mail to: April Five Organization, 10612-D Providence Road, PMB 745, Charlotte, NC 28277. For more information, call 704-236-6648. Your entire donation will go to Officer Willinsky.