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NCJ Number: 140864 Find in a Library
Title: Interesting Case Involving Automotive Pedal Control/Shoe Imprinting
Journal: Journal of Forensic Identification  Volume:43  Issue:1  Dated:(January- February 1993)  Pages:20-26
Author(s): P T Sahs
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 7
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Forensic footwear examiners are often called upon to compare class and individual characteristics present in a questioned shoe impression against a known item of footwear to determine if they possess a common origin.
Abstract: For example, during vehicle crash investigations, this type of examination could clarify the identity of the vehicle's driver and even which control pedals were in use at the time of the accident. In the case described here, an accident occurred after the driver of a stolen car failed to stop at a stop sign and was pursued by a police officer. The occupants of the car had also assaulted a woman several minutes before the traffic violation and had stolen her purse. One occupant of the car was thrown from the vehicle and the other was in such a position that his original placement in the car could not be determined. To effect the proper charges and an accurate accident investigation, the police had to determine who had been the driver and who had been the passenger. A forensic footwear specialist was able to compare the suspects' shoe soles with imprints on the car's brake and clutch pedals. 3 figures and 3 references
Main Term(s): Shoe prints and tire tracks
Index Term(s): Accident investigation
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