A police officer is being blamed by the father of an 11-year-old girl for causing her demise in what he described as an "illegal" interaction.
Nobody is above the law, not even the overzealous officer who claimed the life of a young girl in a crash he caused. Her father, Tristin Goods, is calling for justice against the reckless trooper identified as Christopher Baldner.
The authorities are currently conducting a criminal investigation into the fatal encounter which occurred between Goods, his family, and the trooper in Ulster County around 11.40 pm.
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Attorney General Tish James's office is conducting a criminal investigation into the deadly encounter that occurred December 22 between Goods, his family, and Trooper Christopher Baldner on the highway in Ulster County.
Goods reportedly live in Long Island and Queens with his wife and two children Monica and Tristina. They had been on their way to visit relatives when the trooper flagged him down for speeding.
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According to Goods, Baldner approached aggressively, yelling at him about how he had been going 100 miles per hour, shaking his car in the process.
Goods kept his hands on the steering wheels to indicate he was no threat while letting him know it was the tractor-trailer that shook his car.
Baldner gave chase and he used his car to ram Goods' from behind.
He requested a supervisor, but Baldner was more content to argue. The aggressive trooper went on to ask if the family man had "guns or drugs" in the car, intent on booking him for an offense.
The altercation lengthened, and when Goods' wife voiced her tiredness, Baldner replied with colorful language that he did not care. He returned to his cruiser, where he retrieved pepper spray to flood their car, a 2017 Dodge Journey.
It happened with no warning, and it triggered Goods' flight response. He put the car in gear and drove off in fear of his family's safety.
Baldner gave chase, and he used his car to ram Goods' from behind. Some seconds after, he repeated the action, and the vehicle consequently hit a guardrail and flipped.
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His daughter Monica was thrown free of the car during the flip, and she lost her life at the scene. That had no import on Baldner, who pulled a gun on Goods when he attempted to leave the car to find his daughter.
Goods' second daughter Tristina did not fare any better — he reported that officers quizzed her for hours after the ordeal, and his wife alleged that she had to be freed from their clutches. Baldner has been relegated to desk duty while the investigation remains ongoing.
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