Illegal Maneuver Caused Fatal Crash

Crashes happen along the Metro's interstates everyday, but the fatal crash January 20th is bringing more light to a driving offense that happens multiple times a day.

The crash that killed Brian Pete, 38, occurred when Pete came to a stop in the triangular area where I-80 westbound and I-480 southbound meet. Police tell us Sarah Barker, 26, crossed the white lines where the interstates meet and collided with Pete's stopped vehicle.
"We see it regularly people cross the solid white line, and basically the offense for that is failure to obey a traffic control device," said Sgt. Joseph Collins, OPD Accident Investigative Squad.

The area marked off by the white lines where the interstates meet is called a gore area. The extended solid white line are there to allow traffic to get up to interstate speed.

Drivers should never cross the solid white line, unless it is an emergency. Only when the line becomes broken should drivers begin to merge.

There are only two scenarios when it is acceptable to be in the gore area. "If you are broken down or if you are directed by law enforcement," said Sgt. Collins.

Rush hour is the worst time of day for this offense. After only a few minutes WOWT Six News witnessed car after car commit this offense.

"You are not really saving that much time, you are saving a few seconds. And it takes a split second to end another person's life or your life on the interstate," said Sgt. Collins.

The family of Brian Pete are devastated by this crash and are still awaiting answers. They said he was a hard worker, generous and loved music and art.

The case is still being investigated. It's up to the Douglas County Attorney's office to determine if charges will be filed.

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