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  • Pursuit-related deaths per 100K: 4.7

  • Pursuit-related deaths (1996-2015): 272 (6th highest)

  • Violent crimes per 100K (2015): 410.2 (17th highest)

  • Bystander deaths (1996-2015): 103 (6th highest)



Police Pursuit Crashes Kill the Innocent and Officers

Pursuit Tragedy in the Air Takes 4 Lives

when news helicopters collide covering police chase

Jim Cox,
Scott Bowerbank, 
Rick Krolak, and 
Craig Smith

Date of Crash: July 27, 2007 
Arizona news reporters killed in crash

Arizona reporters cover their own tragedy

It was moments before Friday's midair crash that killed four people, and pilot Craig Smith wanted to know the exact location of Channel 3's helicopter.

Only his voice could be heard:

"Where's 3?"

"Like how far? Oh, jeez."

"Oh, jeez."

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Source: The Bureau of Justice Statistics is a division of the U.S. Department of Justice. For state data, the report used pursuit-related fatalities from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTA), which uses the Fatality Analysis Reporting System*, 1996–2015, released May 9, 2017.
*The Fatality Analysis Reporting System receives data on pursuit deaths at the discretion of law enforcement officials.
The FBI reported in 2002: "The lack of a mandatory reporting system hampers attempts by NHTSA to track pursuit fatalities and results in the collection of as little as one-half of the actual data. Typically, only 90 percent of states report pursuit fatality data to NHTSA. By extrapolating the 5-year totals to include 100 percent reporting, calculations would show an average of 375 deaths per year. Even conservative estimates The reporting of pursuit fatalities is not mandatory and there is no government oversight."