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Man charged in funeral procession crash that killed retired police lieutenant

Anton Palmer (Provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office) Anton Palmer (Provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
George Brooks was leading a funeral procession on Liberty Street in the West End March 28. (FOX19 NOW/file) George Brooks was leading a funeral procession on Liberty Street in the West End March 28. (FOX19 NOW/file)
George Brooks (FOX19 NOW/file) George Brooks (FOX19 NOW/file)
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WEST END, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati police filed charges this week against the driver they say caused a crash that killed a retired Forest Park police lieutenant as he led a funeral procession.

Anton Palmer, 31, of Walnut Hills is held in lieu of $75,000 bond at the Hamilton County jail on charges of vehicular homicide and vehicular assault.

According to court records, Palmer tried to turn his eastbound 1995 Oldsmobile 88 onto Liberty Street from Lockhurst Lane while the March 28 procession, led by George Brooks, snaked west on Liberty Street in the West End.

He "broke into the active line of cars" in the procession and failed to yield to the Brooks' 1998 BMW motorcycle. His vehicle struck the bike, causing the injuries that killed Brooks, 63.

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Brooks, who was wearing a helmet, served Forest Park's police department 25 years before retiring in 2005.

State law requires drivers to yield the right of way to each vehicle in a funeral procession. Once the lead vehicle enters an intersection, the rest of the vehicles in the procession may continue to follow it not withstanding any traffic control devices or right of way provisions.

Palmer is no stranger to the jail. He's been convicted of nine drug-related charges since 2005, court records show. He also was convicted of illegal weapons charges in 2003 and receiving stolen property in 2010.

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