The Pierce case will end up getting the felony murder law in NC ruled unconstitutional. Ben David just weakened the law because he wants to make a name for himself, and applied it to a situation for which it was never intended.
The officer yesterday was exceeding a safe speed, by the WPD's own admission. He made a bad decision and crashed his patrol vehicle. I believe Mattews made a bad decision too, going over 100 MPH on a city street, giving him little reaction time to avoid an accident. It's terrible he died, but I feel it was a poor choice to drive so fast in a 45 MPH zone.
The bottom line it that the officers chose to drive too fast for the existing road conditions. Yesterday, the officer was going too fast to make a turn. Officer Matthews was going too fast at night, when visibility was reduced by the darkness where he couldn't see any possible obstacles in the road. The poor choices by these officers were major contributing factors in their crashes.
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