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390 sound wall was already cracked prior to Thursday's deadly crash

January 07, 2019 10:13 PM

The crash last week that exploded through a barrier wall on I-390, killing one passenger, was caused by speed and alcohol. That's what the sheriff's office says. 

But News10NBC found that the wall was already damaged prior to the crash.

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The Monroe County Sheriff's Office is looking into whether that had impacted what happened and so is News10NBC. 

On Thursday night, the sheriff's office says Jordin Campbell was driving on Clay Road in Henrietta above the speed limit. Campbell couldn't take the turn in the road and crashed through the concrete sound barrier that runs along 390. 

The impact killed his friend Anthony Mykins. The sheriff's office says Mykins was thrown out of the car through the sun roof.

A security camera on Clay Road shows how fast the car was moving. It was moving much faster than any other car captured in the security video that night. 

Now, according to images on Google maps, we know part of the wall near the impact site was cracked and had a hole it in prior to the crash. Chief Deputy Michael Fowler was asked about this on Friday. 

Chief Deputy Michael Fowler, Monroe County Sheriff's Office: "We certainly, as law enforcement, do not go out and inspect those walls, so I don't have those records available to me but we are working with the DOT to see if there is any. We're also using their expertise to help us figure out what we need to know regarding these walls."
  
On Monday, the state DOT told News10NBC, "There was a gap in the concrete noise wall before last week's crash. They are not traffic safety tools. NYSDOT installed a temporary barrier and traffic barrels along the section that was damaged. We are working to schedule its repair." 

The NYSDOT says the walls, like the one along that stretch of 390, are designed to stop noise, not cars. 

Our video shows that when the car went through the wall, it almost ended up in traffic on 390. 

The driver, Campbell, is charged with DWI, vehicular manslaughter and vehicular assault. He's also facing drug charges in Geneseo from an arrest in September.

Campbell was arraigned in his hospital room last Friday. Henrietta Town Court says it still does not have the criminal complaint that should be filed during every arraignment. 

On Monday, News10NBC drove the stretch of 390 between Jefferson Road and Hylan Drive to see if other sections of the wall were damaged. Our camera did not find any evidence. 

The NYSDOT says it does not know when the original damage happened.  

If you go to News10NBC's Chief Investigative Reporter Berkeley Brean's twitter accountyou can see evidence of a van crashing through a sound wall on the QEW near Toronto.

The crash takes place 58 seconds into the video. When you watch, look at the force of the impact and the danger it caused to the drivers on the highway. 

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