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Surveillance cameras capture deadly crash involving deputy

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John  Harding of Glendale was killed when his box SUV was slammed into by an unmarked car driven by Maricopa County sheriff's Deputy Sean Pearce in December. (Source: CBS 5 News) John Harding of Glendale was killed when his box SUV was slammed into by an unmarked car driven by Maricopa County sheriff's Deputy Sean Pearce in December. (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Glendale police released video of a deadly crash involving a Maricopa County Sheriff's deputy that took place last December.

The crash killed John Harding, 63, of Glendale. The video shows Harding stopped on a Hayward Avenue waiting to pull onto 59th Avenue. In the video, it appears Harding believed the traffic was clear when he pulled onto 59th. But before making it to the southbound lanes, a black Chevy Tahoe slammed into him.

The Tahoe was an unmarked MCSO vehicle. Behind the wheel was a veteran on-duty deputy, Sean Pearce.

Both cars continued to travel across the opposite side of the road, where the Tahoe slammed into a business sign before both cars came to a rest.

Glendale accident investigators have forwarded their report to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office requesting manslaughter charges against Pearce. 

Accident reconstruction experts determined Pearce was going 81 mph seconds before the crash. The speed limit along 59th Avenue is 40 mph.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said he did not have a timeframe for a charging decision but said his office may require additional information.

"When it comes to vehicular incidents one of the first things it trying to determine whether or not the fact involved support criminal liability versus something that really at the end of the day amounts to a horrific accident," said Montgomery.

Pearce was on his way to help a fellow detective who was doing surveillance on a homicide suspect.

The Tahoe was not equipped with lights or a siren. Pearce told investigators he saw Harding's car pull out in front of him and tried to slam on his brakes and turn the wheel of his car to lessen the impact.

Harding's widow, Nohemi, has told CBS 5 News that she wants justice and believes Pearce should be charged.

Montgomery said he this case will be reviewed like every other case.

"Nobody gets a pass because they wear a badge. Also nobody gets targeted because they wear a badge," said Montgomery.

Pearce is the son of Russell Pearce, a former state senator. He has been with MCSO for 20  years.

A review of his personnel file indicates his supervisors gave him outstanding marks for his work.

He has received a number of commendations over the years and has not been disciplined for any serious infractions resulting in time off without pay.

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