Wife of officer collides with deputy, who’s at fault?
DEL CITY, Okla. – The wife of a Del City Police officer collided with an Oklahoma County Sheriff’s deputy.
The woman said she believes the deputy is at fault although the collision report indicates that she was responsible.
Courtney Holland said she was driving southbound on Sunnylane Rd. getting ready to turn left going eastbound on S.E. 29th St. when she and the deputy collided.
“I have a lot of facial injuries, I have a big cut on my neck,” Holland said.
She said she was in and out of consciousness, trapped inside a hole in her windshield.
“My eyes were swollen shut with glass, I have scars and stitches,” Holland said. “My ribs were cracked, my nasal cavities split in two and my femur was shattered into five pieces.”
As her body heals, there is something that still stings, the way she said the crash investigation was handled.
Holland is married to a Del City police officer and because the crash also involved a sheriff’s deputy, Oklahoma Highway Patrol ultimately managed the scene instead of Del City or the sheriff’s office.
Holland said when she gained conciseness she was told by other lawmen on site the deputy appeared to have been going 60 miles per hour in a 40 mile per hour zone and likely caused the crash.
The collision report indicates Holland caused the crash and not the deputy, which she disputes.
Holland said the angel at which her jeep was hit shows the deputy was at fault.
She told us no officials asked for her side of the story.
“So that makes me question how she (the trooper) came to that conclusion,” Holland said. “Normally whenever you have a wreck, the officer will try to talk to both sides to figure out what happened.”
OHP told News Channel 4, out of professional courtesy, they allowed an accident reconstructionist from Del City to work with their expert.
After examining the scene and taking measurements, they reportedly both came to the same conclusion, that Courtney Holland was at fault.
OHP also said Holland refused to speak with the trooper at the hospital.
When News Channel 4 spoke to the sheriff’s office, a spokesperson reiterated that a third party agency had already finished its report and they have that agreement with OHP do avoid biased investigations.