In Memoriam – Officer Robert Bingaman
Chief William Anderson of the Asheville Police Department in North Carolina sadly reported that Officer Robert Bingaman, 37, died about 1:00 p.m. when his patrol vehicle plunged off the Captain Jeff Bowen Bridge on Interstate Highway 240 near Riverside Drive.
The patrol car landed vertically on end with the engine hood and front of the vehicle crushed into the ground and the rear of the vehicle leaning up against a cement bridge support. Officer Bingaman died at the scene of the crash as first responders and additional police officers attempted to extricate Bingaman from his vehicle and render first aid.
Details of the accident and the events that let up to the crash are not being released at this time. It is too early in the investigation to make assumptions and speculate as to what happened, according to Chief Anderson.
Authorities do not believe that there were other vehicles involved in the crash, however witnesses are being interviewed in an attempt to determine what may have caused the patrol vehicle to leave the roadway and plunge off the bridge. The bridge passes over the French Broad River, though the portion beneath the bridge where the car landed is dry ground. The North Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.
Officer Bingaman was assigned the traffic unit that investigates traffic crashes and other traffic related issues.
Officer Bingaman was a 6-year veteran of the department and a Marine veteran serving from 1996 to 2000 in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Officer Robert Bingaman, gone, but never forgotten. EOW: Tuesday, October .29, 2013
“Graphic created by Fellow Officer Rose Borisow GraFX”
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