Investigators Attend TEEX Pedestrian/Auto Training Course

By: Stephanie Ando Email
By: Stephanie Ando Email

TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY Homicide detectives from across Texas were in College Station for a Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service training course on auto-pedestrian accidents.

"[Auto-pedestrian accidents] represent about 30% of all the fatalities that happen in the state," said Aguirre, an adjunct instructor for the course. Aguirre has been teaching collision courses for 20 years.

TEEX developed the class four years ago, and instructors say it's the only one like it in Texas.

The class is intended for seasoned homicide investigators and reconstruction professionals. Simulated auto-pedestrian crashes were held at the Texas A&M Riverside Campus, then investigators used formulas to determine details about the accident.

"When the real situation occurs there's more stress involved, and so it's good to have what we like to refer to as muscle memory," said Trooper Kenneth Shields from Limestone County.

Shields says muscle memory is important, because the measurements needed for each case is the same even though every accident is unique.

"If someone out there on the streets gets run over, we want to make sure we're doing the best we can at that time," said Shields.

Last year, 481 people died after being hit by cars, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.

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