Midland Police Use 3D Visual For Accidents

by Diane Tuazon
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - With just a click of the mouse, police officers can now re-create a scaled diagram of an accident scene.

"You can create it to where what would happen if the cars speeds were different," Officer Ray Miller, with the Midland Police Department, said.

Authorities say the 'Visual FX' software is a necessary in court cases. In fact is was used for the first time this week in a manslaughter trial where the suspect slammed into the driver's side of another car back in 2009.

"It was the best sentence we've had on a manslaughter trial in quite a while, before we had to map out what happened and go out and hand measure the scene," Lt. Brian Bogart, with the Midland Police Department, said.

Officials say it not only makes their job a lot easier, but the 3D software also gives the jury a chance to understand what it would be like in the drivers' seat during an accident.

"In the past, I had to use MatchBox toy cars to give the jury a visual. You can explain all you want to someone, but sometimes people need a visual," Bogart said.

Authorities say while they wish they could use 'Virtual FX' for every reported accident, they don't have the man power to do so. For now they're just focusing on using it on criminal cases.