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Looking for the truth — OSP trooper makes sense of accident scenes

Modified: Saturday, Mar 29th, 2014

Oregon State Police Senior Trooper Bryan Fitch points out evidence to Newport Police Lt. Jason Malloy, a member of a countywide major crash team called last week to the scene of a fatal accident on Otter Crest Loop. As a technical crash investigator, Fitch’s mission is to find the truth behind these tragedies. -- Accident expert Bryan Fitch’s toolbox includes algebra, trigonometry, calculus, an accelerometer and the “Total Station,” left, a device similar to that used by surveyors.

NEWPORT — When he signed up for the action, Oregon State Police Senior Trooper Bryan Fitch didn’t figure on becoming a rocket scientist.

“I love being a patrol officer and couldn’t imagine doing anything else,” said Fitch, a 12-year OSP veteran who once led the eight-trooper Newport substation in drunk driving arrests. “It’s entertaining, exciting and sometimes scares the heck out of you when you’re alone out in the middle of nowhere with some guy who doesn’t want to be compliant.”

For the complete article see the 03-28-2014 issue.

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