The Applications of Matchmoving for Forensic Video Analysis of a Fatal Sprint Car Accident: Part II

Richard M. Ziernicki, PhD, PE; Martin M. Gordon, PE; Steve Knapp, PE; and Angelos G. Leiloglou, M. Arch.

This paper presents the application of the photogrammetric process known as matchmoving to analyze a racetrack video and reconstruction of a fatal Sprint Car race accident. The use of high-definition 3D laser scanning technology made it possible to accurately perform the matchmoving process on racetrack video footage to determine the path, heading, speed, and acceleration of the involved Sprint Cars. In addition to the accident racetrack, another video of a Sprint Car race on a similar racetrack, taken by a drone, was also analyzed using the same matchmoving method to evaluate the speed and yaw angle of a drifting Sprint Car.

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Journal of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers
July 2021