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Trooper Hits Bikers: No Charges Filed

Authorities are not saying what caused Ohio Highway Patrol Trooper Jacob Daymon to slam into Corey and Amy Waldman’s motorcycle  on US 35 at 9:45 pm on August 17th of this year.   Just released dashcam footage shows Daymon didn’t slow or even appear to see the couple before the crash.

There’s no audio to this video, but its been speculated that Daymon must have been distracted, either from texting or looking down at something in his cruiser.

Fortunately both riders are going to live, although Amy Waldlan required emergency helicopter transportation to the local trauma unit to save her life.

At this time Daymon has not been charged with anything and wasn’t even interrogated until 4 days after the accident.


101 thoughts on “Trooper Hits Bikers: No Charges Filed


  1. The officer should receive some form of punishment, as we would if we were not in control of our vehicle (for whatever reason) and hit someone from behind causing bodily damage.
    I believe that the officer's insurance should cover all medical and bike damage costs with his OWN insurance, not that of the state (so the citizens of the state wouldn't have to pay for it).
    He should be before the court and suspended without pay pending investigation.


  2. are computers in cruisers really needed, i think not they seemed to b able to do there job just fine with a dispatcher over the radio in the car


  3. I don't want to imply any blame on the victim… but if you are out on a bike at night, without reflective clothing – you don't even see that little ODOT reflector sticker on back of the helmet — then you just aren't being careful. You watch the film with the night vision camera, of course the tail light on the bike looks like it's a giant torch, and all the light of the cruiser headlghts reflecting back shows up when you freeze the frame or watch in slo-mo, but there is no freeze frame in real life. Motor cycle has only tail light – because of that it's hard to tell the distance and how fast you are closing in from behind. That's standard stuff covered in basic rider school. Cop just didn't see them. It happens. Another reason why when you're on the bike, you've got to keep an eye on what's going on behind you as well as in front.


  4. That video is so horrendous to watch. I saw it once, and then when it looped and repeated the collision, I scrolled down the page so I wouldn't see it again. What an awful crash; so glad that the two riders will recover. This never should have happened. It's a no brainer that the trooper was distracted in some way.


  5. I think this cop should have the book thrown at him. He was not under lights and Irene's and mowed them down from behind. He needs to do jail time just like anyone else would.


  6. Wow a similar incident happened to my mother on long island NY years ago. She was driving to work and it was raining and when she was getting on the parkway her car slid, 3 other cars stopped and an off duty city cop, miles from his home in the other direction of his home or work, driving an unmarked city police car slammed into her car at about 80mph in a 55mph zone. If he would've hit her 1 foot closer to the front she would've been dead, the side rear seat was pushed halfway across the car and they gave her a ticket for failure to control her car and he went on disability for a knee injury, my mother had neck and shoulder injuries. There was no investigation he should of at least had his blood alcohol level checked as witnesses said he seemed to be under the influence, he also never attempted to brake.


  7. I cannot begin to tell you how incredibly sick this makes me. My husband & I ride as well so I can only say that I know it is your worst fear. My thoughts & prayers are with you for a speedy recovery. As for the cop…all I can say is I hope he's punished.


  8. probably drunk. That is the only excuse that seems logical. wait 4 days before you interview him to get all traces of alcohol out of his system.


  9. Officers are allowed to be on their cell if it is in direct relation to their job.

    However, if this is the result of cell phone usage, even if on the job, the "exemption" should be elimiated.

    I think the trooper had highway hypnosis. Easy to get on those roads at night.


  10. Something should be done.I was at the scene this weekend truck verses motorcycle. unfortunately , he didn't make it and the passenger is in ICU with multiple injuries,wasn't a pretty sight,


  11. 4 Days before even being questioned? This is bullshit.There are petitions demanding investigations look into other abuses of authority, there needs to be one for this. And what a moron, the trooper asks if they are alright. His first words should be "Don't move,. help is on the way." then get on the radio calling for ambulance, not check on the damage to his car. Something tells me this is not the first time he's hit something while driving.


  12. I agree with teresa about putting cams in the cruisers..they should be responsible for all their actions after all They work for us don't they?


  13. So, if you are a cop, and you run over( a damn dirty biker), IT'S ALL GOOD? They shouldn't have been on his road? This is where the foreign countries are different. In many foreign nations, if you claim you didn't see the person on a motorcycle, you just admitted to a crime!! Especially if you are a "professional driver" which is what Americans are considered in foreign lands. That means you just confessed to a crime, because you are responsible for being in control of the vehicle at all times!!


  14. I don't think he's looking at the damage to his car, First thing I thought was that the person may have been stuck under there… And for some reason, he ran up on the bike pretty quickly even though the white lines aren't moving by very quickly… there's more to this story


  15. But if the tables were turned, and some guy in a car rammed into a cop riding bike from behind, that guy would be in jail by now. THAT'S THE DIFFERENCE!


  16. I'll bet the attorney that files suit subpoenas that cop's phone records as well as his cruiser's computer history. That'll explain why he "didn't see" the bike directly in front of his speeding cruiser!


  17. Cronyism is rampant in law enforcement and anyone who says otherwise is only lying to themselves. .

    The rest of us "civvies" know it's true. If you are seriously upset about this, look up Ohio State Highway Patrol on Google, then send them and email, or contact them via phone. . the info is listed there. . While I realize everyone makes mistakes, this was unconscionable. .


  18. tis shit happens all the time and they can come up with a million excuses why its not there fault and then they use our money to buy the victims off


  19. If the couple had hit a motor officer, you can bet your ass they would still be in jail, after being drug/alcohol tested, cell phone confiscated, and charges being filed!


  20. he didn't even show he really cared much care more about his car wow really my heart goes out to the fellow bikers that he did this too and that officer sould be charged with this and have to pay the couples hospital bills as well as pain and suffing and buy them a new Harley I think…
    :o :@


  21. I've been in law enforcement for 16 yrs and I've never seen a officer receive any special treatment its' almost the opposite because municipalities will let you hang to cover them self for law suits you will find out as a cop if you do something wrong your on your own.
    my little sister was killed in a car wreck 08/02/2012 were she was the passenger on a bike in Allen county ks and the girl that pulled out in front off her and her fiancé wasn't even given a ticket and the county attorney said he could not find any fault but I have dead sister and a brother in-law with no right leg


    • kenny I live in ks. also…as a matter of fact only a couple of counties from you,,,,and I also ride, and have had people pull out in front of me, and yes, while it is scary enough to even ride these days, the thing i fear the most is getting rearended because you assume the person behind you sees you, and you never even see it coming………but come on we both know this is BS….this paticular cop was not questioned for 4 days, but yet he was left on the road to continue??? really???? he can't say he didn't see them, because they was right in front of him,,,,,and if he didn't see them, why??? what was his distraction???? if my husband gets caught on his phone in his semi truck, its an automatic 2700 fine the first time, and loss of his CDL the second……and if I rearend someone, the accident is my fault period,,,,so why is it different for him?????


  22. my question is why is the cop checking the front car??????? the car is not important, the main important is people, making sure they get the attention first. I wouldnt worry about the car, period!!!! and I even notice the driving was swerving back and forth few times. there was plenty of time to notice the motorcycle before halt but he didnt. you can see 15 feet away with headlights on that enough time to see and slow down or pull away before hitting them. but nope seem the trooper wasnt looking at all.


  23. Sorry abt the spelling mistakes ..I just get a little upset when I see stuff like this!! Our gov't needs some major help in all areas!! Yes, I do vote!!


  24. Did everyone forget…..they make up their own laws & get away with it ALL THE TIME & IN EVERY CITY-STATE OR COUNTRY!!! THEY ALL COVER EACH OTHERS ASSS'S & COME OUT SMELLING LIKE ROSES!!!!! I HOPE THEY SUE HIM FOR EVERYTHING HE HAS!!!! yES I CAN BE A HATER… BECOIZ OUR GOV'T HAS MADE ME THIS WAY!!!


  25. If i was riding my bike on dark roads like that road, I would have had better lights on my bike! With that said an investigation should have been done immediately! Along with blood test and phone records pulled! But alas we all know its a good old boys club!


  26. as an ex-cop, he was taken for a drug/alcohol test immediately after this accident. He was also placed on leave pending the outcome. he provided a written statement that night (possibly with union rep present)after testing came back neg, he was thoroughly questioned. i do take very strong issue with him checking the car for "injuries" 1st. if he was checking computer……………….while on his way to investigate that prowler around your house near your wife/daughter/mother's bedroom,…………………….would you want him to stop pull over and check the MDT to find out that the prowler just became a verified intruder……………dont think so


    • IDIOT. He WAS NOT drug tested nor questioned until 4 days AFTER. And him checking the vehicle out BEFORE checking on the couple he CLEARLY ran over is a clear sign he is inattentive, and INCOMPETENT as a driver. I don't give a shit if you are an ex cop or not, these assholes here in Ohio do things differently. They cover for their own asses BEFORE anything else. And give me a fucking break, checking the computer???? His lights WERE NOT ON, so there was NO REASON he could not pull over to read the goddamn message. He didn't even slow down, or did you see something different than the rest of us??? The Ohio Idiot Patrol has a really shitty attitude towards bikers, and it's clearly obvious everytime I go out riding. So fuck that piece of shit, I hope they sue his ass out of a job and home, AND the Highway Patrol for hiring such an incompetent IDIOT.


    • Yeah, PAID leave… it's only by God's grace that he didn't kill those people! Cops should have to follow the same laws as everyone else. But then again… if that were true…. no one would want to be a cop


    • I don't depend on LE to protect my family from home invasion especially when on a good day it can take 20 min. for them to show up. Cops do not prevent the killer outside from killing you. Their job is to catch him after the fact to keep him from doing it at again. What prevents a killer from killing you or your loved ones is Smith and Wesson.


  27. From the video, it looks like he checked on the damage to his car BEFORE he went to check on the condition of the those he hit. That alone should warrant discipline.


    • Yep, the sonofabitch checked the damage to his car BEFORE checking on the 2 folks he ran over. What kind of piece of shit is that?. That video put me into a rage that the bastard was not even talked to about the accident until 4 fucking days later!!! And they forgive him??? BULLSHIT, I would sue the dame shit out of him AND the Ohio Patrol. He didn't even slow down!! But as usual, he will not be punished for it, and he & the Highway Patrol will be immune from prosecution. There's a law written into the Ohio constitution that prevents anyone from the state, or the state itself from being sued or prosecuted. And I'm ashamed to say I live in this shithole. If I had the money, I would be gone from this corrupted pile of shit. These poor folks' hospital bill will probably not even be paid by the Ohio Idiot Patrol. They will use any and all excuses to exonerate this idiot, & it will go back to business as usual. There's a double standard practiced here, the same laws DO NOT apply to the cops, And they'll probably have a fucking party to help out their buddy, and scam all sorts of money from people to help him pay his bills and all. None for the motorcycle riders, they got in the way. Goddamn this good ole boy club.


  28. He should be charged just like as if it happened to one of us civilions.You know they would have arrested any one of us for not having your vehicle under control.I hope they sue the state of Ohio and receive enough money to take care of all there needs.God Bless this couple that the good Lord let them survive.


  29. Cops should not be able to text or talk or be on computer for any reason, until someone is killed then it will be law.someone has to die for it to change….sickening.Picture it being your son or daughter.Yeah…..big difference!!


    • Have you any idea how stupid that sounds? Nobody NEEDS a helmet until there's an accident or a collision. It's when the fertilizer impacts the ventilation unit that people "need" their helmet. Wouldn't it be nice if we knew ahead of time when that would happen?


    • Did I not hear the man say "that the only time that the only time it didn't hurt for two seconds was when his helmet hit the ground" ?


    • Do as we say NOT as we do…WE are special , We are so very HIGHLY TRAINED, we are your keepers , you are our SUBJECTS, the law do NOT apply to us…We now live in a POLICE STATE & as far as I can tell ..only one way exists to get rid of a Police state..the word starts with an R & ends with a N –sounds like.. RESETALUTION


    • exactly!!! my husband is a truck driver and if he talks on his phone, first ticket is 2700 dollars, and the second one could take his CDL,,,,,,so I am not understanding how it is ok for the police to talk on theirs


  30. barely a month, if it would have been some other than an officer they would have already had charges on them and every one knows this is true.


    • You fucking idiot. An investigation DOES NOT take this long. The Highway Patrol is a bunch of morons, and they will use any and all excuses to cover up for this piece of shit, and you know it. Every time a cop is involved in a shooting, or accident, they ALWAYS find the sonofabitch innocent. I hope they sue the living shit out of that sonofabitch, AND the Highway Patrol for hiring such a dumbass.


  31. OK, let's get real here. the Trooper f'd up. If he was texting (and there is no evidence that he was, this is just stupid speculation) then he deserves what he gets. Most likely he was looking at his computer in the patrol vehicle for information an a call or receiving a call. You don't pull over to do that, it would be nice, but it is not reality. He will not get away with this whatever the cause, so quit your bitching! there will be an investigation just like any other crash and if he is at fault (he definitely was!!) he will be punished. He will most likely be sued, successfully, and he will lose money or his job. Bottom line is this was an accident. An avoidable one for sure, but still an accident. There was no malicious activity. The department needs to find what distracted him and take actions to prevent future incidents. If he was typing on his MDT (police computer) then his dept should have had a policy against that. If he was reading a message on it, that is a hazard that we in LE deal with every day. Enroute to a call, we can't pull over to read every update that comes across the screen or we would never get to the call. That said, he was at fault, and I wish the best for the couple and that the department handles this correctly with corrective action appropriate for the incident.


    • I would agree with you on most every point except one; "Bottom line is this was an accident."
      The definition of an "accident" in the course of vehicular collisions implies that there was no negligent activity leading to the incident.
      Regardless of causal factor, the LEO was clearly not paying attention to the primary task at hand which was operating his patrol vehicle in a safe manner, thus causing a collision due to negligence.
      The video does not show that his lights were flashing which would indicate that he was not enroute to a call, or if he was-again-he was negligent in operating his vehicle in an unsafe manner


  32. i think its a good possibility that he was blinded by on coming traffic and did not see the motorcycle so i think it was totally accidental i dont agree with waiting 4 days to ask questions that should have been done on scene


    • I'm sure the trooper was blinded by something alright, probably a cellphone, a tablet, or his car's computer display. I seriously doubt it was "oncoming traffic." If the dash cam can see the bike, he should have been able to.


    • If he gets blinded by oncoming traffic he should not be driving at night, especially since it clearly is a four lane divided highway. Sorry, but that excuse does not fly…


  33. As someone is who supposed to enforce the laws we the common people must follow then the law applies equally to all or does not apply to none… Other than the minor consequences of first loosing his job, being charged with reckless driving, Traveling at an unsafe speed while texting/computer, Some kind of charge for use of a deadly weapon (Car could have killed them) and he needs to serve some kind of sentence… Of course since this is good ol boys they will keep this internally and no one outside of law enforcement will ever know the details….


    • Minor consequences of losing his job??? Are you for real? Who loses their job for having an accident? Does a plumber lose his job because he hits another car? Does anyone for an accident? NO!! You make a lot of conclusions based on zero evidence. Speeding? Texting? How do you know? Are you aware that law enforcement must be certified with 80 hrs of training just to legally judge speed by sight? Do you have that training? Use of a deadly weapon? Get real! It takes proof of intent to charge what you are suggesting. This was a tragic accident caused by his failure to pay attention to his driving. he should be treated like anyone else, ticketed, fined, sued by the couple. The rest of your suggestions are pure BS hater comments…


      • Weatherman, I work for the phone company and if I hit someone like the trooper did I would be fired. If we scrap paint it's tens years probation for the first offense.
        If this guy got all that training in driving… someone should get their money back!


      • Well, judging from the force of the impact and the speed at which he closed the distance, it looks like the trooper had about 40 mph on the bike. And for what it's worth, when a trooper's primary job responsibility is to ensure the safety and security of the public, including the 80% of the time that he's behind the wheel, I'd say that losing his job is certainly a justifiable consequence. This instance is no different than if he were handling his firearm in an unsafe manner and wounded two people when it went off. Both are tools of the performance of his duty, and both the car and the firearm should be treated and handled in a manner that guarantees the public safety and security.


      • Are you for real? I have been ridding motorcycles for over 30 years and personally know people that have hit riders and riders who have been hit, I have been hit by at least two other vehicles. The person I know that ran a rider down pulling out of her driveway and not paying attention paid dearly for that incident. The cagers that ran me down were never found and the pigs did nothing to find them because it would have been too much trouble. This was a OHP officer who from the looks of it was not watching the road as he did not slow down one bit so you ans a s s h ol es like you can all go f u c k your selves.


      • the very least he should be charged with ..failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident………..i am a professional driver with over 2 million miles, and have never ran into someone like he (trooper) did……if i had…..#1 the first thing i would be required to do is take a blood and urine test…….and believe me they don't give me 4 days to do it..if it is a fatality…….i can be required by dot to do it on the spot…. he was in no way paying attention to his driving…State is not at fault….the Trooper is,


  34. It is certain that he was pre occupied as not to see this couple on the bike, Come on he never hit the brakes or swerved left or right….


  35. this is utterly ridiculous it is a serious situation and for all involved… investigation just like any other driver out there should be in place…. what if he killed them?? still no investigation and charges???


  36. I am a soldier and a rider and in NY right now! I see police officers all the time on there phone here and they are not held accountable. I think it is ridiculous that it took so long for an investigation! It sounds like a good case of the Good Ole Boys Club to me. If this officer gets away with this. I would have to say that no one is safe in Ohio to ride! That is SCARY!!


    • My brother was nearly run off the road by a cop on his cell phone. When he called the headquarters to report it, he was told they need to be to respond to calls. When he pointed out that's what the radio in the car is for, he was told "well they don't always work". My next question in that chain of flawed logic was "then what did they do before cell phones?" He didn't get any reasonable answers about that. They believe they are above the law, simple as that. I revved my motorcycle at one on his cell at a stoplight, and he actually gestured that he was on the phone to get me to stop. They are very comfortable with their elite status.


    • and for the record, I live in NY as well… NY is terrible with the mentality of it's police. i was checking out the Laconia rally, planning to attend. When I checked the rides they had during that week, I saw one that goes through NY and they specifically said "due to heightened police presence in the state, we will be obeying all speed limits and traffic laws, wearing helmets, etc."


  37. I have a problem with him not being interrogated until 4 days after the incident. From the early part of the video it almost looks like the officer veers a little bit but because I am not familiar with the road I cannot say if it was the road or not. In the county I live in if an officer is involved in any accident it is immediately investigated so I do not understand this at all. If the officer was texting or talking on his cellphone then he should be charged just like any other person would have been. The video clearly shows that he did not even attempt to slow down or attempt to go around them…


    • Cops investigating other cops, Brother officers investing another brother officer…these "investigations" are a joke..when was the last time a cop was fired for realistically anything ?? During officer involved shootings – they get "investigated" of course they are always ruled a GOOD shoot with the officer acting with in his scope of authority. he might get a slap on the wrist MAYBE but he won't get into any real trouble…The officer will lie to save his job & pension – his fellow troopers will cover it up for him since they all stick together regardless of what they do…… Police belong to the Biggest GANG in the world – They can do virtually anything to anyone & walk away from it – they are granted immunity from prosecution , they are Judge, Jury & Executioner….Example , Bay Area transit cops " accidentally" pulls real gun ( instead of tazer) shoots guy in the back while he is cuffed and laying on his belly — cuffed guy dies of POINT BLANK GUN SHOT TO THE BACK — police officer serves 11 months in prison FOR MURDERING A GUY —This COP should have gotten LIFE but got a SLAP ON THE WRIST……so yeah I am not gonna hold my breath that the Trooper that hit the Motorcycle is gonna get ANY KIND of punishment….It will be just another WHITE WASHED "INVESTIGATION"


  38. I was in Law Enforcement and I'll tell you, we weren't let off scott free for anything we did wrong!!! There were always consequences!!! There had best be some major investigating done to see why he didn't slow down!!! If he was texting, or on the phone, he should be terminated! If he was checking his computer, then he should've pulled off the side of the road, and should receive repercussions!!! They are supposed to set the example!!!!


    • well it's pretty apparent he IS getting off scott free!!!! some investigation they did if they did not even speak to him about it until 4 days later…….and the state I live in, if you rearend someone the accident IS your fault………..so how is it not HIS fault that HE rearended someone????? this is what the justice system has become, and I for one am ashamed that MY tax dollars pay for these thugs with badges!!!!


    • I cant believe how many disrespectful ppl there are. I just hope you never need a cops help because to you they are nothing. There are bad cops and good cops just like there are bad doctors and good doctors, bad firefighters and good, bad judges and good, anyone one can be bad, anyone can mess up. Doctors mess up all the time and they dont always get punished, should we get rid of all of them? Its life get over it and have respect for the ones that try to be perfect. Plus I'm not saying the cop that hit the couple is good or bad but they do need to see what happened and take action.

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