Missouri Jury Acquits Man In Death Of Trooper James Bava

A jury acquitted Serghei Comerzan for the line of duty death of Trooper James Bava.

St. Charles, MO - A jury on Friday acquitted a man for the 2015 death of Missouri State Trooper James Bava.

Trooper Bava, 25, was killed Aug. 28 2015 after he initiated a pursuit of Serghei Comerzan's motorcycle, which was traveling at 105 MPH.

While Trooper Bava was pursuing Comerzan, the trooper lost control of his vehicle and crashed. Trooper Bava was ejected, his patrol car landed on him, and part of the vehicle lodged in his armpit. His vehicle then burst into flames with the trooper trapped under the car, according to St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

UPDATE: Trooper Bava's father advised that he was not ejected, as reported by the Post-Dispatch, and he was wearing his seatbelt.

Prosecutors charged Comerzan with second-degree murder, and resisting arrest, among other charges, according to St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

A mistrial was declared in the initial trial in May 2017 after the jury was unable to obtain a unanimous verdict. Prosecutors then changed the second-degree murder charge to manslaughter and began a second trial on Monday.

The jury acquitted Comerzan on Friday after the state was unable to convince the jury that the man knew he was being pursued by Trooper Bava.

According to the Post-Dispatch, Highway Patrol Col. Sandra Karsten released a statement which said, "This has been a very difficult period of time for James' family, friends and for the Missouri State Highway Patrol. I want to express my thanks to all our employees as well as the law enforcement personnel who have invested countless hours in this investigation, including the Audrain County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, the Missouri Office of Prosecution Services, and to every citizen who offered their help and support in any way. I am very grateful. The Patrol will continue to support the Bava Family in any way that we can.”

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LoverofBlue
LoverofBlue

Any bike traveling at that speed that IN ANY WAY causes or contributes to the accident of another driver on the highway should be held 100% responsible for their foolishness. This man's ACTIONS...driving a bike over 100 miles an hour...whether being chased or not, was harmful to another individual. And it was PREMEDITATED. This man DECIDED it was okay to ignore SPEED LIMITS...making him a lawbreaker from the get go. While breaking the law, another individual was KILLED who would never have been killed if this man had not been breaking the law. Shame on a jury that was willing to allow this man to walk free while he has ROBBED A HUMAN BEING OF LIFE.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Yes you know this even not hearing all the facts yourself. Keep on trolling. When they add the ignore option you'll be the first on my list.

HankT
HankT

He probably never looked back ! He was too busy staying alive. I believe he knew the trooper was chasing him because of the speed in which he traveled. However Radio's are quicker than any vehicle and he could have broke it off. In Connecticut they are not recommended to chase. Police don't want anyone killed including themselves. It's just a unfortunate mishap. The trooper lost control of his car.! That should NEVER happen!