(Received 13 April 1989; accepted 6 June 1989)
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In the case reported herein, the authors compared two articles of clothing (a belt and pants) with the impression found on the bumper of an automobile alleged to have impacted a pedestrian, thereby causing his death. The following aspects of the clothing corresponded to sites in the impression: the weave pattern of the pants and belt loop, stitching of the belt loop, orientation of the belt and belt inscription with respect to the pants, and individual characteristics on the border of the belt. This unusual combination of features allowed an individualization to be made between the impression of the motor vehicle and the clothing of the victim.
Chief, Westchester County Forensic Science Laboratory, Valhalla, NY
Detective sergeant and laboratory director, Yonkers Police Department Forensic Science Laboratory, Yonkers, NY
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