Oklahoma City police officer charged with negligent homicide

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OKLAHOMA CITY - An Oklahoma City police officer is facing one count of negligent homicide, in connection with a deadly crash in December.

Marinan Reese was trying to make a left turn onto NW 150th, when officer Bryant Holloway's police car slammed into her vehicle. She was 79 years old, and later died at the hospital.

Court documents show Holloway was chasing after a speeding car, when he himself reached speeds close to 80 MPH moments before the wreck.

"Obviously the DA feels like the officer was wrong...that he was going too fast," said Chief Bill Citty with Oklahoma City Police. "My opinion is that he was going too fast."

According to a probable cause affidavit, Bryant Holloway was pursuing the vehicle with his flashing lights off, and his sirens silent.

"There are exceptions where the officer does not have to use the lights and siren," said Citty. "If you turn the light and siren on, a lot of individuals will turn, they'll go in, and they'll try to hide from the officers if they're far enough away."

Police say Reese was turning onto 150th when their cars collided. Holloway is reported to have laid on the brakes, slowing down to 60 MPH before the crash. The posted speed limit on that stretch of road is 40 MPH.

Citty says the department was reviewing its own procedures long before this wreck, trying to pump the brakes on speeding officers.

"We feel like there's enough of an issue there, and that we're probably going to have to be a little bit more definitive in guiding our officers as to what their speeds will be in certain circumstances."

Holloway was traveling up to 78 MPH, trying to catch a car going 55 MPH according to the affidavit.

The officer has been on paid administrative leave since December.

 

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