MEET OUR OFFICERS
Lee Jackson got involved with crash reconstruction in 1988 as a member of the Fort Worth Police Department. For over two decades he served in the Traffic Division where he investigated fatalities, injury, and property damage crashes. He spent seven years in the Traffic Investigation Unit (TIU), which was charged with investigating all fatality and hit-and-run crashes. While assigned to the unit, he started attending classes and seminars on the scientific principles of crash investigation.
In 1990, Jackson applied his expertise to a private-sector endeavor: Traffic Crash Reconstruction, Inc. This is a self-contained investigation unit that can be anywhere in the state, or bordering states, within 24 hours. In 2002, Jackson and a colleague were selected to start the Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement Unit for the Fort Worth Police Department and ultimately were certified by the Texas Department of Transportation to conduct DOT Level 1 inspections.
Jackson retired from the Police Department in 2010 and has turned his attention to education, and consulting in crash investigation and reconstruction on a full time basis. In 2012 Jackson won the first national ARAS 360 Forensic Animation Contest, and has generated numerous animations used in the litigation process.
Jackson has taught 5 different levels of accident investigation classes with more than 2,000 hours of classroom experience.
Brian is the co-owner of Complete Accident Reconstruction Service (CARS) with over 9 years of experience in accident reconstruction and investigation. He is an ACTAR (#2694) accredited reconstructionist with a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics and Physics from Tarleton State University. Areas of study include Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, and Computer Science.
He has completed formal training in Accident Investigation, Accident Reconstruction, Human Factors, EDR technician and analysis, Commercial Motor Vehicle Investigation/Reconstruction, Heavy Vehicle EDR’s, Reconstruction software, Animation and Video Analysis.
Michael has been an active member of TAARS since 1990, and served as Director of Region IV before being appointed to fill an un-expired term as Secretary in 1995. He has been the TAARS Secretary ever since. Michael retired from the Port Arthur Police Department in 1999 and is currently the owner of M. R. Yosko Consulting, LLC, a company he established in 2003.
He is still an active instructor for various reconstruction courses and is a CDR Trainer/Mentor. In addition to TAARS, he is a member of the National Association of Professional Accident Reconstruction Specialists (NAPARS), the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)..
He holds ACTAR (Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstructionists) Accreditation #271. His wife believes that he is active in TAARS because we like to get together and break things: cars, bicycles, trucks, and trains.
Dr. Andrews has been a regular member since 1995 and has served as Director, President, and Treasurer. He is regularly involved in meeting organization, testing, and makes occasional presentations.
Dr. Andrews is a physicist (Ph.D, 1987, North Texas State Univ.) and computer scientist that came to accident reconstruction through his background in scientific software development and computer modeling.
He began his work in accident reconstruction in 1987. He has taught several courses related to accident reconstruction through Texas A&M University and United Transportation Technology. He has also taught Astronomy and Physics at several local colleges.
He is co-owner of Complete Accident Reconstruction Service, Inc. (CARS)
Mark has been a regular member since 2001. Mark has served as Vice President of TAARS. He currently resides in Sherman, Texas and has been employed with the Sherman Police Department for 22 years. Mark is currently assigned to the Patrol Division. Mark holds a Master Peace Officer License and Instructor certificates with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.
Mark has extensive training in Forensic Mapping and MapScenes. Mark has been a member of the Critical Accident Investigation Team at Sherman PD since 1998 and has been an active investigator in over 140 fatal crashes. Mark has been an instructor at Texoma Regional Police Academy located at Grayson County Junior College.
Mark is a certified Collision Reconstructionist and has testified in Grayson County Texas District Courts in the field of Collision Reconstruction. Before Mark became a Police Officer he worked at LOF in the Mold Shop as a toolmaker and Don’s Exxon as a mechanic.
Richard began his law enforcement career with the Midland TX Police Department in August of 2000. He transferred to the Traffic division in 2010, when he became involved in collision reconstruction. Richard is still employed with MPD and holds a Master Peace Officer license.
He is a TCOLE instructor and currently is the traffic law instructor at the Permian Basin Law Enforcement Academy. As an instructor for PBLEA he has previously taught firearms, use of force, and basic crash investigation.
Richard holds a bachelor’s degree in Information Systems from the University of Texas Permian Basin and is an ACTAR certified crash reconstructionist. While employed with MPD he created a consulting company, Forensic Collision Investigation, LLC. Richard joined TAARS in 2015 and was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2018.
Tyson joined the Abilene Police Academy on June 1st, 2004 and was assigned to the Patrol Division upon graduation. On January 20th, 2009 he transferred to the Traffic Division where he is currently assigned as a motorcycle officer. During this time he has attended both the Police Motorcycle Operator and Instructor courses offered by Northwestern University and Harley Davidson.
He has attended Advanced Collision Investigation, Collision Reconstruction as well as EDR Data Retrieval and Analysis courses. He is a certified TCOLE Instructor and holds a Master Peace Officer license. Tyson currently provides instruction for the Texas Transportation Code, Collision Investigations and Police Motorcycle Operations. He also performs advanced collision investigations and reconstructions for the Abilene Police Department and has been recognized as an expert in District Courts of the State of Texas in both criminal and civil proceedings.
In 2016 he founded his investigation company, Scientific Collision & Reconstruction Services, LLC. Tyson joined TAARS in 2014 and was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2018.
ACTAR: Michael Yosko
WREX 2023: Tyson Kropp and Brian Andrews
PAST PRESIDENTS & LIFETIME BOARD MEMBERS
Joe O. Montgomery, (deceased) President from: 1986 – 1992
Emmett R.Williams, (deceased) President from: 1992 – 1994
Tom Wettstein, President in: 1994
Conrad Dippel, (deceased) President from: 1994 – 1999
Ric Sadler, President from: 1999-2000
Larry Self, President from: 2000-2001 & 2002-2003
Mike Andrews, President from: 2004-2006
Jim Moore, President from: 2006-2014
Dave Brown, President from: 2014-2018