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The Seattle police officer who struck and killed a graduate student in January while speeding without his siren on has admitted he “fucked up” after the tragic accident, newly released body cam video shows. Officer Kevin Dave was responding to a “high priority” call at over 74 mph when he struck and killed Jaahnavi Kandula at a crosswalk at 8 p.m. on January 23.

Dave had sounded his siren, but did not have it running steadily, when he slammed into Kandula, a 23-year-old master’s student on Northeastern University’s Seattle campus, footage released by prosecutors and released in part by PubliCola on Thursday showed.

The video shared by the outlet did not include the moment Dave’s car hit the young woman, out of respect for Kandula’s family. Prosecutors were reportedly weighing charges against Dave for failing to activate his siren to “warn others of the emergency nature of the situation” as required by police protocol.


“I screwed up,” Dave was heard saying after the deadly incident at the intersection of Dexter Avenue North and Thomas Street, where the speed limits are 25 and 20 mph respectively. In the footage, a loud roar can be heard from Dave’s patrol car as the speedometer shows that he sped up to 74 miles per hour at one point. Moments after reaching top speed, he can be seen braking the car before hitting Kandula at the fateful intersection.

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Body camera video showed the officer performing CPR on Kandula after the collision. “The lights were on. She was sounding the sirens… she was at the crosswalk. She saw me, she started running across the crosswalk. Beaten up on my breaks. She started to stay where she was supposed to before crossing,” Dave can be heard in the video telling a responding officer.


In other body cam footage, Dave can be heard saying: “I can have a hundred minutes. I could have… I have nothing to do right now except sit. And that’s the worst thing that… you just have to sit here. So many unanswered questions, so many questions.” The Office of Police Accountability continues to investigate whether Dave complied with department policy.

County prosecutors’ office officials said a decision on the possible charges is likely to be made in early August. Kandula came to Seattle from Bengaluru, India, in 2021 to receive a master’s degree from Northeastern University, according to the university. She was pursuing a Master of Science in Information Systems in the College of Engineering and was set to graduate this December.

Her grieving family said they were “heartbroken” in January after the tragic accident, telling KJR-FM radio that she was the daughter of a single mother who always put her education first. “Jahnavi’s tragic and untimely death has left her family and her community with a huge hole in her hearts that will never be mended,” the statement said. “She was the daughter of a single mother who teaches at a primary school in India.”


“Despite earning less than [$200] per month, her mother educated Jaahnavi and encouraged her to [travel to] the United States in the hope that Jaahnavi would have a better future and a better life abroad,” he said. “Her mother’s hopes and dreams are dashed now.” In its own statement following the incident, the Seattle Police Department expressed its “deepest condolences to Kandula’s family, calling it “a terrible tragedy for all involved.”Read more……..

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