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Evidence details fire official's actions before crash

(Original publication: August 3, 2007)

HARRISON - A fire official responding to an accident averaged 79 mph on Harrison Avenue before colliding with a civilian vehicle at a school intersection, a Westchester County investigator says.

Michael Susi, a county police investigator, concluded there was no way the vehicles could have avoided the accident at Harrison and Union avenues six weeks ago.

The black box recording released yesterday by Harrison police shows that Assistant Fire Chief Henry Mohr did not brake before the 7 a.m. June 21 crash in which he and a town resident were injured.

Mohr's sport utility vehicle slowed from 64 mph to 63 mph a half-second before the collision, according to data retrieved from the manufacturer-installed event data recorder.

The vehicle was at full throttle, the gas pedal floored, until that half-second before the crash, according to the black box.

It also showed that Mohr was not wearing his seat belt and never braked.

Mohr's sport utility vehicle was northbound on Harrison Avenue responding to a serious accident on the Hutchinson River Parkway as it approached the Union Avenue intersection.

Mohr covered a mile and a half in 34 seconds - the time from when he responded to County Control that he was on his way from the Department of Public Works' Gleason Place garage to the time of the call reporting his vehicle's rollover, according to County Control voice tapes.

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