Chicago Police DepartmentGeneral Order G04-07-02
Crashes – Fatalities or Life Threatening Injury
Issue Date:02 January 1998Effective Date:11 January 1998
Rescinds:G98-01-03
Index Category:Preliminary Investigations
I.Purpose
This directive outlines the responsibilities of members when investigating any traffic crash involving a fatality or life threatening injury and reiterates the requirement for an immediate notification to the Major Accident Investigation Unit (MAIU). Department members will refer to the Special Order titled "Crashes - Fatalities or Life Threatening Injury" for follow-up responsibilities.
II.Policy
When investigating any traffic crash involving a fatality or life threatening injury, professionalism and efficiency are of the utmost importance. Prompt notifications will be made to all required units.
III.Immediate Responsibilities
  • A.Whenever Department members are assigned to a crash involving a fatality or life threatening injury, they will:
    • 1.immediately request the Office of Emergency Management and Communication (OEMC) dispatcher to notify a supervisor from the Traffic Section, Major Accident Investigation Unit (MAIU). The notification will be recorded on the reverse side of the Illinois Traffic Crash Report (CPD - 22.110) in the narrative portion by writing "OEMC-MAIU" and the time of the request immediately to its right. The OEMC dispatcher will inform the requesting member if MAIU will respond to the scene;
    • 2.notify their supervisor and secure the scene;
    • 3.retain the investigatory responsibility until relieved by either responding MAIU personnel or a supervisor;
    • 4.assist follow-up personnel by obtaining standard form statements, i.e., Driver's Crash Statement (CPD-22.111) and/or Witness' Crash Statement (CPD-22.112), from the parties involved;
    • 5.complete the Illinois Traffic Crash Report;
    • 6.take any appropriate enforcement action.
  • B.If the investigating officer believes that the operators of vehicles involved in a traffic crash resulting in a life threatening injury or fatality should be chemically tested to determine if they are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, the provisions of 625 ILCS 5/11-501.6 entitled "Driver involvement in personal injury or fatal motor vehicle accident-Chemical test" will be followed. The requirements outlined in the Department directive entitled "Driving While Under the Influence (DUI) and Zero Tolerance" will also be followed.
    NOTE:
    The Illinois Secretary of State's formset entitled "Traffic Accident Warning to Motorist" (Form DSD DC-157.2) will be utilized.
John J. Townsend
Acting Superintendent of Police
97-038 GHY(AJB)