Fatal Accident Investigation Now with Commonwealth Attorney

By: Lisa Ferrari Email
By: Lisa Ferrari Email

June 12, 2007

The investigation into a fatal crash between an Albemarle County police officer and a pedestrian is now in the hands of the Fluvanna County Commonwealth's attorney.

They say its common practice when a case involves a police officer to have a special prosecutor appointed, someone who is not familiar with the officer as to avoid any appearance of favoritism or impropriety. In this case it is Fluvanna County.

“Out of respect to the friends and family of Ms. Dominguez and out of fairness to Sgt. Greenwood, I want to see every piece of evidence before I make any official statement,” said Fluvanna County Commonwealth’s Attorney Jeffrey Haislip.

Haislip is now looking into a June 26th, 2007 fatal accident that killed 62-year old Jesus Tolentino Dominguez.

She died after being struck by an Albemarle County Police SUV driven by Sgt. Pam Greenwood.

Witnesses said Dominguez was talking on her cell phone when she was hit. And, police say Greenwood was not responding to a call or seem to be speeding at the time of the accident.

However, because of the seriousness, state police were called in to investigate and Wednesday handed over their findings to the commonwealth.

“I met with the state trooper in charge of the investigation yesterday and I plan on meeting with him again in the very near future to go over some of the items that were not available to me,” said Haislip.

Some of those items include 911 tapes and accident photographs still at the lab. Haislip expects to have those items and conclude his investigation within two to four weeks.

The victim was from El Salvador and spent the last six years in the states cleaning homes and offices and had recently saved enough money to buy a home in her native country.

County police say Greenwood remains on the force, but has not returned to work since the accident.

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