Did Rochester, NY Police officer Fall Asleep at the Wheel When he Crashed into a Parked Car?

By Davy V.

A Rochester, NY Police officer crashed into a parked vehicle on Westfield St., in Rochester’s 19th ward neighborhood, early Sunday morning, around 5:00 a.m.

Neighbors say the were awakened by a “huge bang.”

One woman, who took the photos on the right, she said she came outside and saw what she described as a tall Rochester Police officer, bleeding from the back of his head.



According to neighbors, it appears as if the RPD officer fell asleep at the wheel.

As you can see in the photos, the damage to both the parked vehicle, and the RPD cruiser, W-21, was pretty extensive.

The vehicle that the RPD officer crashed into, was parked legally.

I placed a call to Rochester Police [(585) 428-7033] seeking comment, and I will be updating this post soon.


NOTE: According to some neighbors, who overheard Rochester Police officers talking with ambulance personnel, the officer fell asleep behind the wheel.


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Davy V.

Davy V. is a Cuban-American Filmmaker, Video Producer, Photographer and Freelance Writer, best known for using the power of video and film to expose Police Brutality, Corruption and Misconduct. The son of the late Mario Vara, a community activist who for years fought against Police Brutality and Misconduct in Rochester, New York, Davy V. got his start in Television and Video by tagging along and working camera for his father's cable access television show, "La Voz Del Pueblo" (The Voice of The People). Davy V. later went on to produce and host "KEEP IT ON THE REEL", a cable access TV show with a mix of Hip Hop as well as issues affecting African-Americans and Latinos in Rochester, NY, such as Police Brutality and Misconduct. Some guests on the show included Treach, KayGee and Vinnie of Naughty by Nature, Method Man, Funkdoobiest, Da Youngstas, and the Rottin' Razkals. Davy V. won the U.S. ACM Video Festival Award for his Documentary, "R.P.D. EXPOSED!" about the Rochester, New York Police Department and their long history of misconduct, corruption and unnecessary killings of unarmed innocent citizens. "R.P.D. EXPOSED!" and Davy V.'s follow up, "R.P.D.: Badges of DISHONOR, CORRUPTION and MURDER!" were both screened at the National Hip Hop Political Convention at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey. Davy V.'s work has been featured in publications such as THE SOURCE Hip Hop Magazine, URBAN AMERICA Magazine, The Ave. Magazine, Insider Magazine, La Voz Newspaper, Minority Reporter Newspaper, CNY LATINO Newspaper, DOWN Magazine, as well as on television news stations, and programs such as CNN and Inside Edition. In addition to his freelance writing, Davy V. also writes a monthly Op/Ed Column for LA VOZ Magazine and Minority Reporter Newspaper. In June 2012, Davy V. joined Cop Block as a regular contributor.