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Cold Cases

Many times the case under review is very old. The evidence package consists of photographs, some statements, a police report and other dated information. Using old information to generate a state of the art reconstruction of a complex incident is challenging.

At Crashteams we have many experts available who really enjoy the challenge of putting cold cases together using modern technology and creating an understanding of the event that folks wondered about for many years.

  James Dean's Wrecked Porsche

Reconstructing James Dean's Crash/Death

The James Dean crash of September 30, 1955 is a great example. In 2005, National Geographic channel contacted our Mike Kennedy and asked Mike to assist in the reconstruction of that case to determine:

  • Who was really driving?
  • What were the impact speeds?
  • How did the crash happen?

In addition to answering those questions, the television show producers wanted the results to be demonstrated by 3D animation. Mike has created hundreds of animations, was not daunted by the challenge of reconstructing a 50 year old accident and presenting his findings to millions of viewers.


Mike was supplied with copies of the pictures taken at the scene by the California Highway Patrol, as well as diagrams generated by the police and witnesses. Read the full story of how the crash was reconstructed and see the animations that aired on National Geographic channel below. The outcome may surprise you.

Original James Dean Crash scene compared to recent view of the same scene

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Total StationModern Technology & Old Cases

The techniques and general approach used by Mike on that famous case, is how we would reconstruct your case.

We hope your cases are not
50 years old!


Total StationJames Dean Crash Reconstruction

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Read the full story

Mike Kennedy from Crashteams has written a 3 part series about James Dean's accident in the popular magazine Crash Files. Read the article to learn about the challenges and details of reconstructing James Dean's Fatal accident 50 years later.

Click here to read about James Dean's fatal accident

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Our Services

Crash Reconstruction

Our Crashteams reconstructionists are the most highly trained and qualified individuals in the industry.

Scene Surveys

All Crashteams experts utilize survey equipment to produce precision crash scene diagrams and 3D models.

Expert Witnesses Testimony

All Crashteams reconstructionists are qualified expert witnesses and have given testimony at all court levels and jurisdictions.

Witness Interviews

Your Crashteams experts can interview witnesses and secure detailed statements, as recorded interviews in audio and video formats.

3D Animations

Crashteams experts are all trained and certified as forensic animators. You will find it advantageous that your reconstructionist and animator are the same person.

Crash Simulation

Crashteams experts are qualified to use many different software applications to simulate the crash for the purposes of answering what if scenarios and exposing errors in the hypotheses advanced by oppsing experts.

Rebuttal Reports

You may send us reports from opposing experts and we will be able to tell you immediately if a rebuttal is useful and if so, we produce professional, objective, commentaries.

Managed Services

Crashteams have the expertise coverage and manpower to take on all the crash investigation requirements of a community as a public private partnership.