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Edwardsville, IL


07 Stratoliner S

Posted - 09/06/2008 :  10:25 AM                       Like
Sad story. My prayers go out to the rider, his family, and friends...

Ohio police begin pursuing a car going 76 in 65 zone on the Turnpike. The event escalates into high speed chase through Ohio, into PA, at speeds up to 130 MPH, which ends with crash into motorcyclist, resulting in riders death.

The car driver turns a moving violation into reckless homicide. I feel the Ohio police need to take some responsibility for intensifying the situation by initiating the high speed chase. Seems like drastic measures to catch a speeder for 11 mph over the speed limit. By no means am I justifying how the speeder responded. That is totally irresponsible. More than likely the police had an ID on the car and could have easily caught him by being more patient and without putting everyone else at risk on a busy highway.

Story taken from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Crash kills Wisconsin man, closes Turnpike near Cranberry[/b]
Friday, September 05, 2008

A Wisconsin motorcyclist was killed early yesterday in a crash with a fleeing motorist on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Butler County, state police said.

The Turnpike's eastbound lanes had to be shut down for about five hours between Cranberry and Butler Valley after the man's motorcycle was struck at about 4:11 a.m.

The Allegheny County medical examiner's office identified the motorcyclist as Keith A. Brown, 46, of Green Bay, Wis.

The driver, Dr. Shiva Lal Acharya, 33, of Chicago, fled on foot from the scene and into heavy woods.

Although searchers used infrared scanners and bloodhounds on the ground, the suspect could not be located until a trooper on foot captured him at about 9 a.m. in the woods about two miles from the crash scene.

The motorcycle had been hauling a small trailer when it was struck by the speeding car.

State police said the pursuit of the suspect began across the border in Ohio when highway patrolmen tried to pull him over for speeding. Trooper Robin Mungo said Dr. Acharya had been clocked by Ohio highway patrol driving at 76 mph in a 65 mph zone.

When the suspect failed to pull over, the Ohio pursuers drove beside him, then pulled behind again, only to have the driver accelerate. At one point, Dr. Acharya was driving as fast as 130 mph, Trooper Mungo said.

The Ohio authorities ended their pursuit at the Pennsylvania line, and they notified troopers here that the suspect was headed this way.

The accident caused the immediate stoppage of eastbound traffic.

Both vehicles had been traveling east on the Turnpike past mile marker 33 near Warrendale when the accident occurred, state police said.

Dozens of commuters and tractor-trailers were stranded between exits until the wreckage was cleared and the road reopened at about 9 a.m., police said.

Dr. Acharya suffered injuries to his leg and a laceration above one of his eyes, either in the accident or while traipsing through the woods, police said. He was taken into custody, and they took him to UPMC Passavant. He was charged with homicide by vehicle, fleeing and eluding and other counts.

Police said he had been on his way to a job interview in Easton, Pa.


Posted - 09/06/2008 :  11:29 AM
I have a sneaky hunch alcohol was involved. That turns a petty speeding violation into something much larger. As the plaintiff is a doctor, that could be career breaker. Perhaps ample persuasion to elude.
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Male Senior Member
303 Posts

Princeville, IL



Posted - 09/06/2008 :  12:13 PM
Many states, including Illinois, are turning to a no pursuit policy. Since I'm not a cop, I have no idea how this is working out for them. I do know that people take advantage of this. Several of the more stupid people I work around know that if they run the cops won't chase them, so they do. They wouldn't have run before, but now it seems OK in their minds.

Stupid, stupid, stupid.
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Standard Member
132 Posts

Edmonton, Alberta



Posted - 09/06/2008 :  8:34 PM
Don't most police cars have cameras of some sort in them now? So, great, you run from the cops and they won't chase you, but they have your license plate on film, so now you get a speeding ticket and a failure to stop citation, which generally is much worse.

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Male Advanced Member
1117 Posts

Jacksonville, NC

Moto Guzzi

2007 Breva V750 ie

Posted - 09/06/2008 :  11:51 PM
"Police said he had been on his way to a job interview in Easton, Pa.

I'm sure this will make a nice addition to his resume.
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Male Advanced Member
896 Posts

Copperas Cove, Texas


2006 GL1800 Trike

Posted - 09/07/2008 :  7:18 PM
Originally posted by Dnc

Don't most police cars have cameras of some sort in them now? So, great, you run from the cops and they won't chase you, but they have your license plate on film, so now you get a speeding ticket and a failure to stop citation, which generally is much worse.

This concept seems so much more sensible. Unless the speeder/runner is at the time putting the other vehicles in danger it appears the police often exacerbate the situation.
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Male Standard Member
159 Posts

Jacksonville, North Carolina



Posted - 12/15/2008 :  5:14 AM
Update: This killer just killed himself in jail. I was surprised to hear that he'd been held without bail since his arrest.


PITTSBURGH The man accused of causing the death of a Green Bay motorcycle rider on the Pennsylvania Turnpike earlier this year committed suicide Saturday morning in the Allegheny County Jail, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Sunday.

Dr. Shiva Lal Acharya, 33, of Chicago died about 11:30 a.m. Saturday, according to his nephew, Ramesh Lamichhane of Harrisburg, Pa. The Allegheny County medical examiner's office confirmed the death. An autopsy was being done Sunday afternoon to determine the cause of death.

Acharya was being held without bail on charges of involuntary manslaughter, homicide by vehicle, third-degree murder, fleeing and eluding police, causing an accident involving death, failure to notify police of the accident and fleeing the scene of a fatal crash, plus numerous traffic violations, according to the Pittsburgh newspaper.

Keith Brown, 46, died early Sept. 4 when his motorcycle was hit from behind by Acharya's BMW as Acharya tried to evade police on Interstate 76 just west of Pittsburgh. Brown was the manager of the Festival Foods store in Bellevue and was returning to Green Bay after a visit with his sister.

Acharya was driving from Chicago to Easton, Pa., when he began fleeing Ohio police at speeds of up to 120 mph because he did not have a valid driver's license in that state due to a previous drunken driving charge, according to the Pittsburgh newspaper.

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4260 Posts

Meridian, Idaho


Sportster Sport

Posted - 12/15/2008 :  9:20 AM
Google "Dr. Shiva Lal Archaya+Keith Brown" to find news articles to have a pretty good idea of what took place, beginning, to ending.
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Safe N Smiling
Male Junior Member
31 Posts

On a Bike Somewhere, Here and There

(Unknown - Other)

Several Bikes

Posted - 02/12/2016 :  10:58 PM

A jury just awarded the estate of the Hit and Run doctor $200,000
for the jail not preventing the suicide.

This sum IMO if awarded should be impounded and the family of the killed motorcyclist should be allowed to make a claim against this sum.


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