Cop Carelessly Speeding and Running Stop Sign Kills Woman, Gets Off With Fine of 500 Bucks

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Donna Platz, 57, was on her way to work. She never expected a cop to break traffic laws and ram into her. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Criminal charges against Officer Schimp were dropped.

Tim Hahn | Erie Times News

A Pennsylvania State Police trooper who drove a patrol vehicle that ran a stop sign and caused a crash that killed an Edinboro woman in Fairview Township in July failed in his bid to have a careless driving citation dismissed.

Millcreek Township District Judge Paul Manzi cited the actions of Frederick Schimp as he drove along Sterrettania Road and entered Route 98, where his vehicle collided with a car driven by Donna Platz, in finding Schimp guilty of careless driving involving an unintentional death. Manzi announced his ruling in a written decision on Wednesday, following a summary trial on Monday.

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Officer Schimp

Schimp, 49, sought acquittal of the charge, which carries a $500 fine and a six-month driver’s license suspension.

His lawyer, Philip Friedman, said on Monday that Schimp was fighting the charge to prevent getting fired, as the state police consider a suspended license a potential cause for discharge.

State police also cited Schimp for failing to obey a stop sign.

He pleaded guilty to that citation and was fined.

Schimp has 30 days to appeal the ruling to a judge in Erie County Court. Friedman said he and Schimp have to discuss the matter.

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Schimp will remain in his current position until the legal proceedings are complete and an internal investigation is done, said state police spokesman Trooper Adam Reed.

The state police’s investigation of the accident found that Schimp went through the stop sign at Route 98 while traveling west on Sterrettania Road at about 3:30 a.m. on July 5. Platz, 57, was driving north on Route 98 and was heading to work.

Platz was pronounced dead at the scene. Schimp and his passenger, Trooper Garrett Padasak, were injured.

Manzi wrote in his ruling that Schimp was traveling 14 mph over the speed limit five seconds before the crash and 60 to 62 mph 20 feet from the stop sign. He said Schimp sped through a warning sign and through two stop signs.

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  • Cromwell

    I wonder if this prick has even apolagized?
    What am I saying of course he hasn’t.
    He must have feared for his life in a highly stessful, rapidly
    evolving dangerous situation.
    Piece of crap!!

  • OpenMindedPS

    Wow…… What would be the charges if we hit a cop doing all that stuff?

    • SeRiOuSLy!!??

      any of us probably would’ve been shot while still in our car thinking we’d get help!!

    • Wayne Darby

      We would get vehicular manslaughter charges if we weren’t killed first by the gestapo.

  • AuntySocial

    He should be fired.

    • lolol

      Innocent women killed? Alot of people would say Eye for an eye, right?
      Why do we need some stupid fuck like this walking around, still employed?
      Not saying he should be executed, necessarily. But let the fucker rot in jail.

  • John Oliver

    I’m sure that PIG will go right back to work, busting drivers for the same shit he did.. Millcreek Township District Judge Paul Manzi obviously doesn’t care about the community that got his stupid ass elected! If that were one of us doing the same thing.. we would be charged with Manslaughter!! I hope someone shoots that Pig in his knee caps!!

  • MostcopsRpathetic

    Cops rarely get in trouble for bullshit like this.
    At this point (I know its not all cops) But I consider a lot of cops to be the scum of the earth (Excluding all the wealthy fuckers not contributing to anything, just to conserve their own green). Criminals On Patrol, is all they are.

  • jimmyt

    God Bless Eric Frein

  • Paul Waldeck

    What about vehicular homicide charges?

  • Jeff Lachance

    “He wasnt driving careless, he jusy ran a stop sign…” holy facepalm batman… >.>

  • Jacob Karmen

    Oh no, the two officers were injured….wonder if they can charge her with assault postmortem?

  • Brian Venners

    I’m currently paying a similar fine to the one Trooper Schimp was given. Mine was for a “California Stop” (slow down, no complete stop) out of Oakland, Ca. In fact, mine is higher. I’m no cop hater. I know plenty of good, respectable, honorable officers, detectives, etc. and I very much respect the badge but, these people have to be held to at least as high a standard and level of penalty as the general public. It should be a higher standard since their job is to enforce the laws and protect the citizens behind those laws. Ask officer Schimp what he might have said to me had I been in his place that morning and he were the first to respond, seeing what I had done to Ms. Platz. What would he think of me? This is all pretty disgusting, I tell ya.

  • Arcangelo ‘Cisco’ Cocco

    Double standard.

  • Shemp

    if i was anywhere, and I saw a cop getting his ass kicked or shot to death by anyone.. I didn’t see anything.