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No Outside Agency Probing Fatal Charleston Police Wreck

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Charleston police have not asked any outside agency to investigate a wreck in which a woman died after her car collided with a city police cruiser that apparently did not have its sirens on.

Charleston Police Chief Brent Webster told the Charleston Gazette-Mail in an email that investigators have been working with the Kanawha County Prosecutor's Office to objectively review details of the Jan. 4 collision.

Webster says Officer Stephen Doss was responding to a report of an armed burglary when he crashed into the unidentified woman's car. She died five days later.

He says a preliminary investigation has found that Doss was speeding and did not activate the cruiser's emergency lights or sirens.

Charleston police asked the West Virginia State Police to investigate a similar incident in 2005.


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