The DCSO’s Accident Reconstruction Team’s primary mission is to investigate and reconstruct fatal and serious injury motor vehicle crashes that often result in the prosecution of felony vehicular homicide and vehicular assault charges.
Team members are trained as Traffic Crash Reconstructionists which includes collision analysis, vehicle dynamics, occupant kinematics, scene photography, surveying equipment, crash scene mapping and computer aided drawing programs. The team also has Crash Data Retrieval Technicians which are able to download computer information from the vehicles that were involved in the collision.
The investigations include the examination of the roadway and physical evidence and vehicle damage analysis to reconstruct the crash.
The team utilizes a Laser Technology Inc. (LTI) MapStar Angle Encoder to obtain scene measurements and produce a computer-generated diagram of the scene to aid in the successful prosecution of these cases. The LTI MapStar Angle Encoder is an advanced surveying system that utilizes an LTI Impulse Laser and reflective prism to obtain extremely accurate measurements. The measurements are then downloaded into a data collector or laptop computer. Utilizing the Crash Zone computer program, the measurements are then downloaded and prepared into 2D and 3D crash and crime scene diagrams.