Report Library

Nearly Hit by Car while Attempting to Assist Deputy

Event Summary

 

I was close by to an assault call, in which two males were fighting and one appeared unconscious. Second broadcast reported 1 male down on the pavement and the other walking away. I drove to the injured male to render aid. We are a large agency, and fights and disturbances are very common calls.

I arrived on scene first and contacted the injured male. His brother had assaulted him and choked him to the point of going unconscious. I determined a crime occurred and broadcast the suspect’s name, description, and direction of travel to responding deputies. A patrol deputy arrived and I left the scene to help look for the suspect.

A short time later, I heard a motors deputy call out with the suspect. I was about 1/4 mile away. I drove with emergency lights activated on a 4 lane hwy (2 west bound lanes and 2 east bound lanes). I observed the motors deputy struggling with the suspect on a sidewalk. I stopped, blocking the far right lane of travel, quickly opened my driver’s door, and began to exit. A vehicle west bound in the left lane of travel struck my door and nearly struck me at approximately 25-30 miles per hour. I was so focused on helping the deputy that I did not look for traffic behind me.

 

Lessons Learned

 
  • Regardless of the situation, you must maintain your situational awareness and resist becoming so focused on providing assistance that you put yourself in danger. Taking a second to evaluate your environment and associated risk before rushing into a situation will ensure your safety and enable you to provide the assistance needed.
  • Operating in a roadway or highway situation requires extra focus and extreme care. You should assume vehicles will not stop or respond correctly to your emergency equipment. Never turn your back on traffic and never put yourself in a position where you can’t get off the roadway to a safe location; always have an out when on a roadway.
Changes as a result of that experience (what would you do differently?):

Look to see if cars are slowing or stopping in the next lane prior to opening a door and stepping out into the roadway.

 
Full Report

Nearly Hit by Car while Attempting to Assist Deputy

 

 

Employer Information
 

Type of law enforcement agency: Sheriff’s Office – Full Service

 

Involved Person Info
 

Role: Sworn – Mid-level Supervisor

Years of experience in law enforcement: Greater than 15 years

 

Incident Information
 

Type of call / Reason for response: Assault – Domestic

Incident Initiated by: Radio Call Response

Please classify this incident (Check all that apply): Almost resulted in serious injury or death

Incident Summary:

I was close by to an assault call, in which two males were fighting and one appeared unconscious. Second broadcast reported 1 male down on the pavement and the other walking away. I drove to the injured male to render aid. We are a large agency, and fights and disturbances are very common calls.

I arrived on scene first and contacted the injured male. His brother had assaulted him and choked him to the point of going unconscious. I determined a crime occurred and broadcast the suspect’s name, description, and direction of travel to responding deputies. A patrol deputy arrived and I left the scene to help look for the suspect.

A short time later, I heard a motors deputy call out with the suspect. I was about 1/4 mile away. I drove with emergency lights activated on a 4 lane hwy (2 west bound lanes and 2 east bound lanes). I observed the motors deputy struggling with the suspect on a sidewalk. I stopped, blocking the far right lane of travel, quickly opened my driver’s door, and began to exit. A vehicle west bound in the left lane of travel struck my door and nearly struck me at approximately 25-30 miles per hour. I was so focused on helping the deputy that I did not look for traffic behind me.

Describe how the incident escalated/risk increased:

Risk was increased due to my lack of situational awareness and the driver failing to yield to an emergency vehicle.

 

Location Information
 

What type of location was this? Road/Street/Highway

What were the environmental conditions at this location? Outdoor – Daytime (Light)

 

Subject Information
 

Did dispatch inform the involved person of any criminal/warrant/other information about the subject(s)?

Yes

Did the involved person encounter a subject(s)? Yes – one subject.

Did the subject resist arrest? Yes, the suspect attempted to pull away from the motors deputy and offered mild resistance. The deputy was able to apply handcuffs and control the suspect without my help.

 

Lessons Learned
 

Please describe what type of accident or incident was averted:

Nearly struck by a motor vehicle.

What were the contributing factors that almost led to or did lead to serious injury or death?

  • Situational Awareness
  • Environmental – Roadway
  • Distraction
  • Human error

Describe the lessons learned:

  • Regardless of the situation, you must maintain your situational awareness and resist becoming so focused on providing assistance that you put yourself in danger. Taking a second to evaluate your environment and associated risk before rushing into a situation will ensure your safety and enable you to provide the assistance needed.
  • Operating in a roadway or highway situation requires extra focus and extreme care. You should assume vehicles will not stop or respond correctly to your emergency equipment. Never turn your back on traffic and never put yourself in a position where you can’t get off the roadway to a safe location; always have an out when on a roadway.

Changes as a result of that experience (what would you do differently?):

Look to see if cars are slowing or stopping in the next lane prior to opening a door and stepping out into the roadway.



How relevant are the lessons learned in this incident to you and/or your agency?
0.00 avg. rating (0% score) - 0 votes

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *