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State of Tennessee v. Troy Critchley, where defendant, a professional drag race car driver, nicknamed The Burnout King, lost control of his high powered Pro-Modified Extreme Corvette drag race car at the Cars for Kids charity event in Selmer, Tennessee, on June 16, 2007. Critchley was attempting to perform one of his trademark burnouts on a city street lined with unprotected spectators, when he lost control and hurtled into the crowd. Six spectators (aged 15 to 22) were killed and more than twenty others were injured, many seriously. Brian F. Chase was called upon by the McNairy County District Attorney General to conduct an extensive Vehicle Autopsy on the drag car, from which he determined that driver interface and not vehicle malfunction was the causal factor in this crash. In addition, the dynamics of the trajectory of the vehicle were analyzed as a segment of the accident reconstruction, as well as operational aspects based upon the drag racing experience of Brian Chase.
United States v.
Tonya Bell, where the defendant crashed her car into
a crowd at the UNIFEST Street Festival on June 2, 2007, in Washington
DC, after a crack cocaine binge. She injured almost 50 people,
many of them seriously. Brian F. Chase performed a comprehensive
Vehicle Autopsy on the defendant’s vehicle to rule out any
vehicle defense, and proving
the crash sequence was the result of driver interface and not
vehicular malfunction. The defendant pled guilty to several counts
of aggravated assault while armed and was sentenced to 25 years
in prison. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty described the crash as "one
of the worst serious traffic accidents" in D.C. history.
United States v. Kamal Nassaree,
where defendant drove his vehicle, striking a man and crushing
him between two vehicles on December 31, 2005. The defendant claimed
the vehicle had accelerated and gone out of control, causing the
accident. Brian F. Chase’s expertise with the vehicle’s
components and computer systems disproved the defense’s
claims. The defendant was sentenced to a total of 12 years in
prison after a jury found him guilty of aggravated assault while
armed, assault with a dangerous weapon, felony destruction of
property, and leaving the scene of an accident.
People of New York v. James Bailly, where
defendant, a truck driver, caused a head-on crash killing two
people after he had a seizure while driving a commercial vehicle
on Interstate 90 in East Greenbush, New York on August 19, 2005.
He had been previously diagnosed with a seizure disorder and had
forged the medical certificate required to drive a commercial
Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Stanley
Filoma, where defendant’s actions resulted in the
death of Super Bowl reveler James Grabowski, and severely injured
others, when the defendant drove his SUV into a crowd celebrating
the New England Patriots' 2004 championship on February 4, 2004.
The defendant was convicted of manslaughter and aggravated assault/battery
and was sentenced to six to eight years in prison.
"The successful prosecution of this
case would not have been possible without your (Brian F. Chase’s)
participation and your desire to see justice prevail."
John E. Powers, III, Assistant Suffolk County (Massachusetts)
Attorney (September 2006)
State of Georgia v. Danny Heatley, where
defendant, a member of the NHL’s Atlanta Thrashers hockey
team, crashed his Ferrari in a high-speed car crash in Atlanta,
Georgia on September 29, 2003. The impact split the car into two
separate sections, and killed teammate Dan Snyder, who was a passenger
at the time.
People of New York v. Harry Salerno, where an investigator trained only in automobile technology (without
expertise in crash reconstruction and analysis, vehicle dynamics,
etc.) improperly assessed the cause of a fatal crash on December
22, 2000, as vehicle mechanical failure. Absent the investigation
and analysis of Brian F. Chase, the operator of the vehicle, who
was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash, would
probably never have been charged. He was convicted of second-degree
vehicular manslaughter and received a 2-6 year prison sentence.
State of New Hampshire v. Nancy Lamprey, where the key expert investigation and testimony of Brian F. Chase
resulted in numerous criminal convictions (including Manslaughter)
of the driver who crashed a pickup truck while transporting young
children in the bed area of the truck on September 14, 2000, resulting
in serious injuries to several and fatal injuries to one child.
In this case, the cause of the crash had been improperly blamed
on vehicle component failure.
State of New Hampshire v. Reginald Dort, where defendant, a Canadian truck driver, claimed brake
failure on his tractor-trailer which rammed a line of cars at
the Hampton tollbooth in 1979. The Sonnenburg family car burst
into flames severely burning then 20 month old Joel Sonnenburg who was strapped in an infant car seat. Although he fled the country,
the defendant was later apprehended, brought to trial, and convicted
"The only reason that I was successful
in negotiating a plea with Reginald Dort is because of the outstanding
efforts made by (New Hampshire State Police) Corporal Brian
Chase” “ I truly believe that it was because Corporal
(Brian) Chase was on this case that it resulted in a conviction.
His attention to detail and can-do attitude is what gave us
the leverage to get a conviction and prison sentence on a 17-year-old
case. (State of New Hampshire v Reginald Dort)"
Charles Benson, Assistant Rockingham County Attorney
State of New Hampshire
v. Gerald Stewart, which claimed the life of Stacy Bellar
on November 1, 1994. Originally considered “just an accident”,
forensic vehicle evidence substantiated charges of Second Degree
"You (Brian Chase) are to be commended
for your determination, as well as, the absolute commitment
of yourself and other personnel involved in the investigation."
Colonel John J. Barthelmes, Director, New Hampshire
State Police (September 1996)
What the Professionals are Saying:
- "Brian adds an invaluable new dimension
to crash investigation. He has a unique combination of talents
and can relate the mechanical condition of the car to the dynamics
and causation of the crash. He is the best vehicle autopsy person
I know of, and I recommend him to my clients."
John B. Kwasnoski, (Legal Sciences, Inc.)
- "As a former NH certified police
officer (1976), I was very impressed with your presentation
at the Motor Vehicle Homicide Seminar... You are an excellent
Attorney Robert Kern, U.S. Dept. of Transportation, Research
and Special Projects
far, the best expert testimony I've ever heard."
Assistant New Hampshire County Attorney, following
testimony during criminal trial (October 2001)
- "His expertise with the overall
operation of the tractor trailer unit proved to be invaluable."
Team Leader, Technical Accident Reconstruction Unit,
local New Hampshire Police Department
- "Thanks to your (Brian F. Chase’s)
investigation, Canal Insurance has declined to reimburse Kingsway
of any pending claims.” “I honestly believe that
your efforts and investigation were the determining factor in
Patricia Leighton, Daniel Beauchesne Trucking (March