did have that eye witness account that he said he definitely had something
in his hand, looking to be a phone," said Sgt. Joe Heffernan. "After talking to his family members, they
said he did have a phone, so we went back the next day to try to make sure we
didn't miss anything initially."
On Tuesday, officers from the Toledo Police Traffic Bureau returned to the scene of the accident to look for the cell phone Harder was reported to have just before the crash occurred. Part of a cell phone was recovered during the follow-up inspection of the site and was handed over to the Toledo Police Computer Crimes Unit for processing.
After some investigation, it was determined the phone did belong to Harder and he was neither talking nor texting when the crash occurred.
Daughter Deanna Harder said she purchased the Safe-Link emergency phone for her father because of his medical conditions. She said the phone did not have texting capability and her father did not know how to text. She said she is glad his name has been cleared.
"He was a good guy and he would never put himself or anyone else in jeopardy driving on the road," she said.
She said she is still trying to wrap her head around the sudden loss of her father.
"It's the worst thing I've ever had to experience in my life," Harder said. "I never thought I would, not this way. You know, I had to see him at the hospital...I'm the only daughter, I had to make all the funeral arrangements...I'm trying to be strong for my grandfather and aunt and doing the best I can."
Toledo Police are still investigating the crash, trying to discover what may have caused it.
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:08 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:08:51 GMT
Daryl Raetz, 29, was a six-year veteran of the Phoenix Police Department. (Source:Facebook)
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