No citations in Murdoch Avenue collision

PARKERSBURG – An investigation into a collision between a police cruiser and a civilian vehicle has ended with no citations, officials said Tuesday.

The collision occurred after 10 a.m. Aug. 22 in the 3400 block of Murdoch Avenue. Officials said Parkersburg High School Prevention Resource Officer Dan Miller was responding to a call for assistance from an officer involved in a foot chase when Miller’s cruiser collided with a Pontiac Grand Am driven by Kevin Allman, 35, of Parkersburg.

The collision caused heavy front-end damage to the cruiser and heavy rear-end damage to the Grand Am.

Miller suffered head trauma and was taken to Camden Clark Medical Center where he was treated and released. Allman was treated for minor injuries and released.

Deputy Mike Deem, lead investigator on the incident for the Wood County Crash Team, said Tuesday his investigation concluded Allman had pulled out in front of Miller’s cruiser, causing the accident.

“We talked to several witnesses,” he said. “As a result, we found that the vehicle pulling out of the Lakeview Center failed to yield the right of way generally and to an emergency vehicle. The officer had no time to react.”

Deem said witnesses confirmed Miller had lights and siren on as he drove down Murdoch Avenue. He also said the accident did not occur at the intersection as first reported, but farther down the road near the entrance and exit of Buffalo Wild Wings in the shopping center.

“The intersection was not a factor in this,” Deem said.

Deem said he took his findings to Wood County Prosecuting Attorney Jason Wharton.

“I came to the conclusion and the prosecutor concurred with me there would be no citation issued,” he said. “We decided to let it play out in civil court or however it will.”

The Parkersburg Police Department was not involved in the investigation, and Deem said he had no bias in his findings.

“I took this as ‘Car One’ and ‘Car Two’ and looked at what happened and what witnesses reported,” Deem said.

Deem said the investigation is closed.

Sgt. Greg Collins with the Parkersburg Police Department said Miller is still at home recovering from the injuries he sustained in the collision.