A Nevada Highway Patrol trooper faces criminal charges for killing four Utah residents last month when his cruiser, going 119 mph, rear-ended their car while he was on duty, reports the Salt Lake Tribune. A Las Vegas officer said that trooper Joshua M. Corcran “failed to pay full attention to driving.” Corcran’s attorney said he was trying to catch up to a speeder but was not in a pursuit, which is why his red lights and siren were not on.
No witnesses observed a high-speed vehicle for Corcran to chase. Corcran told a dispatcher “there was just a car sitting there and I couldn’t do nothing. I ran into the back of them at full speed.” Ford Motor Co. determined Corcran’s car was traveling about 119 mph.