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Frankie Frankovis and the Case of the Missing Police Report (Update)

As of noon Monday, the report was still unavailable, this is the response from the Chief.

Read the initial story here: What does it take to get a police report around here?

View a screen shot of the Facebook message exchange between Art Acevedo and Lenore Shefman, Shefman Law

Facebook Message from Art Acevedo: Hi, a report was generated. We may want to consider legislation as the Transportation Dept. definition of a crash doesnt include these circumstances. We are looking at adjusting our internal polcies to require a report in instances such as these. More to follow. Write me at art.acevedo@austintexas.gov so we can keep you in the loop on how our policy revision progresses.

Facebook Message from Cyclistlaw Attorneys: We went to pick up the report yesterday and Ruth provides the receipt indicating no report. Let’s discuss this because it doesn’t make sense that a jaywalker running into a person causing serious bodily injury wouldn’t warrant a report?

FB message from Art Acevedo: I agree completely with your position. We do have a report. Write me at art.acevedo@austintexas.gov so we can work on getting the report. I was advised by Lieutenant McGowan that a report is ready to go.

Saturday 12:51pm
FB message from Cyclistlaw Attorneys: I am glad you agree that is always great! What makes no sense is this, you are the chief of police and if it is your instruction that this is APD policy I do not see how State Legislation will fix what is so easily taught in officer training, and already supported by APD policy. When a person is injured due to another’s traffic or safety violation a police officer called to the scene of the incident shall write a report.

Chief Acevedo Because a crash between a cyclists and a pedestrian doesn’t meet the definition of a collision, and it should. Anytime a cyclist crashes and gets hurt a police report should be taken. What if a cyclists crashes after hitting a huge pot hole on a trail or something. From a civil liability perspective we should require police reports statewide.

Cyclistlaw Attorneys: I am not concerned with statewide in this instance I find that to be a red herring. Let’s focus on our City and Frankie. A report should have been written, a vehicle was collided with by a jaywalker causing serious bodily injury. There is no reason she or anyone in this situation should be told this is not the sort of incident that requires a report, that is just absurd.

Chief Acevedo: I agree and we are fixing this at our PD, but my family and I ride our bikes all over the state and I think it’s absurd a bicycle crash isn’t treated like any other collision. I don’t want to leave it to individual departments discretion, i want a report no matter where I crash. I’m going to be reaching out to TX DOT on this issue. We are behind the times.

Cyclistlaw Attorneys: Yes, as a Bike Texas Board Member that is the larger picture and I am glad we agree on the larger issue but Chief of Police in Austin, Texas, why is this happening in Austin, Texas?

Chief Acevedo: This is the first time a crash v. Pedestrian crash has occurred and no report was taken, without Frankie bringing it to my attention we may have not had the opportunity to update policy. Community is eyes and ears for us.

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