One of OfficerResource.com’s police officers shares this story from work recently. -Xiphos
I had to go to downtown Los Angeles last night to drop off a commendation I wrote for a dispatcher (he helped us take an armed robbery suspect into custody without incident). After I drop it off, I drive toward the freeway. As I get to Temple and Spring St, I get about five people yelling and darned near jumping on my hood trying to flag me down. “Crap, another fender-bender,” I think.
But these people are so frantic, I get this feeling….you know the one. A little adrenaline squeezes out, a little hair stands up on the back of your neck, and you instinctively reach for the holster snap…
I look where they are pointing and I realize my day, as shitty as it just got, is not as fucked up as the small Asian lady that just had a city bus roll over her from her ankles to her jaw.
I look and immediately realize she’s done. I also see the female bus driver is freaking out….and understandably so. She keeps looking at the victim and screaming. I radio for 2 units, medics, and traffic units, with an emergency response. This is a huge scene I could not handle alone. Then I walked the bus driver back to her bus with my arm around her, telling her that I really needed her to stay there.
As I looked up, witnesses were leaving, and fucking people were trying to drive over the victim so they could go home. God forbid they are inconvenienced in the least way… I hate people.
So, I grab the last 2 witnesses I have identified so far and get their driver licenses so they can’t leave.
The bus driver is back at the victim, and still freaking out. I look at the victim and see why the driver is freaking out. The victim is breathing. She is flat as a pancake, lost almost all her blood, and she’s breathing. My GOD, if she’s still alive she is in an incredible amount of pain, and there is not a damn thing I can do. I get back on the radio and demand an ETA, knowing full-well that the medics are en route and will get there as fast as they can. This is getting ugly now.
Finally, two of my units arrive. This was probably three minutes into the whole incident. I get them to interview the witnesses. I grab the first LAPD unit and have them start taping off the intersection. Medics and LAFD arrive, and I send 2 firefighters to stay with the bus driver…she’s mental jello by now. I take a couple pictures of the victim for documentation of her location and position, before medics move her.
I read in the news that the victim died at the hospital. GAWD, I hope she didn’t suffer too much. But I’ll tell ya….this one sucked. I have not seen a flat person before this call. I have seen fragmented train victims, but not flat. Yeah, this one sucked. She was a true victim, and I feel for the bus driver.
Sleep wasn’t too good last night.