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01/17/2008 05:14 PM ID: 67726 Permalink   

Police Officer Has Series of Unfortunate Events


Tyler Jenkins and Katie Peller have been arrested for a series of unfortunate events that lead to Sgt. Karl Strohsal being killed. Tyler will be facing manslaughter charges and Katie will be charged as an accessory after the fact.

Over six months an investigation has shown that a chair that was placed intentionally in the road by the pair and that was what caused the incident. Sgt Karl had run into a guardrail avoiding the chair. Upon exiting his car on the shoulder, a drunk driver killed him.

Tyler has already turned himself over to the St. Petersburg police. A third person was involved but as he is under the age of 17 he has not been named. The 17-year-old will also be facing the lesser charge of accessory after the fact.

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  And... the drunk driver?  
He laughed all the way home? What happened to the guy that directly caused the death? (I haven't read the source yet, just wondering).

  by: theironboard     01/17/2008 06:23 PM     
I was wondering the same thing!

They did something stupid, but they didn't kill the guy! They caused him to swerve into the shoulder, but it wasn't their fault some drunk driver ran him over and killed him!
  by: TabbyCool     01/17/2008 06:30 PM     
  @TIB and TC  
If I'm not mistaken I read somewhere else he was also arrested and charged with killing the cop and DUI.
  by: cabela   01/17/2008 06:36 PM     
The driver was charged with DUI only. I can only guess this is because if not for the chair the teens left in the highway on purpose the officer would not have been out of his vehicle.

Still should have charged the driver with at the minimum vehicular manslaughter.
  by: TaraB     01/17/2008 06:43 PM     
  Hopefully he gets off light  
This is one of those rare instances when the crime was horrific but the cause obviously unintentional. I highly doubt they put the chair in the road thinking it would kill someone. The fact that he turned himself in should help, and if he throws himself on the mercy of the court, I think he'd even squeak by with a suspended sentence.
  by: brinlong     01/17/2008 07:17 PM     
  Here you go Tibs  
"The driver was charged with DUI."
  by: captainJane     01/17/2008 07:35 PM     
  I used to have...  
... this car that would spray its windshield washer fluid really high in the air every time I would spray it. It would hit the car behind me making it slow down and subsequently cause the car behind it to slow down or perhaps swerve. This effect would potentially would go on for miles and hours. All the time I was fully aware that it was hitting the car behind me... sometimes I would even do it for fun.

But now because of this story I wonder how many people I have killed by my childish actions. It really makes you think doesn't it? I should be full liable if the car that had tried breaking got struck by a drunken driver. I mean it couldn't possibly be the drunk drivers fault... he would have never hit the car if I hadn't been so careless!

I feel so horrible!
  by: Kuhl   01/17/2008 08:23 PM     
No it really doesnt make you think. LoL. (Assuming your post was sarcastic?)
  by: luc1ddr3am     01/17/2008 10:09 PM     
Ther only reason they are going after these people is because a cop was killed.

This a bad thing to do, but maybe thoughless. Maybe as a reuslt of drunkenness. Likely they did not anticipate the consequences, and the accident was after all, an accident, albeit a stupid one.

I sure hope they make no laws making stupidity illegal.

In my opinion, having a cop killed is no better or worse than if anyone anywhere is killed. Dead is dead. If they would not go after these folks if it had been a non-cop, they should not go after them now.

The cop should have pulled over. If he had been going at a reasonable speed for conditions, he would have seen the chair, by definition, the same if a rock had fallen into the roadway, and pulled over safely, using his emergency lights to warn people. It is as much the cop's fault as anyone's.

Jenkins and Peller did not hit the person. The drunk did. So, I can understand prosecuting the drunk.
  by: LeePIII   01/18/2008 01:20 AM     
So under that logic if a plane had fallen out the sky & killed the cop instead, they would still be guilty.
  by: acrux   01/18/2008 02:46 AM     
  It's selective prosecution  
I mean after all they have not prosecuted G.W.Bush for claiming to have earned medals he wore on his uniform. When in fact he never earned them.
The link is here.
  by: lewellyn   01/19/2008 04:46 PM     
  so unfortunate  
these kids are my friends, and i was on vacation in California when it happened, and really didnt understand why katie wasnt answering her phone or anything for a while, until yesterday when she told me. its so unfortunate that this happend to all parties invovled, and im not excusing them for what they did. but if it is any consolation to anyone, Katie has helped me through so much and they are both extremely amazing people. i am no less than certain that they simply made a stupid choice out of boredom. and i am extremely sorry for the family of the officer involved, and im sure that if they could bring him back and trade thier lives for his, they would. it is so sad. and it hurts me to even think about what my friends are yet to go through. i just ask that you keep my friends in your heart and hope that they learned something from this. i know they have
  by: dengitmike   01/28/2008 01:06 PM     
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