Video of Officer’s Fatal Crash Released
WILLOUGHBY, Ohio — Police cruiser dash cam video showing the crash that killed 32-year-old Willoughby Police Officer Jason Gresko was released Thursday morning.
Last month, Gresko was responding to help a fellow officer when he hit a pickup truck on Harmony Lane in Willoughby.
According to police, he had turned on his emergency lights and was approaching a stop sign when a truck that appeared to be yielding made a left-hand turn. Gresko swerved to avoid the truck, then spun into a tree.
Excessive speed did not appear to be evident.
Lt. Thomas Trem, a Willoughby Detective, said Gresko did not activate his siren, but it was not required in that situation.
After analyzing the video, Lt. Trem said, “It appears Officer Gresko followed procedure and he saved the lives of four people.”
Lt. Trem was referring to the four people in the truck who were not hurt.
Investigators are still examining the black-box recording from inside the cruiser, that will shed additional light on the accident, including the speed at which Gresko was traveling.
The driver of the pickup truck was given a field sobriety test and then ordered to give a blood and urine sample – which he did. He was been cooperative.
The investigation should take a few more weeks.
Evidence will be presented to the prosecutor to see if any charges will be filed.
Gresko leaves behind a wife and a 2-year-old daughter.
In addition to his work with the Willoughby Police Department, Gresko was also a full-time officer with the Cleveland Clinic Police Department.
– Fox 8 News reporter Elisa Amigo contributed to this report.