Woman seriously injured in I-27 wreck- Could it have been avoided?
Thu, 22 Aug 2013 21:59:59 GMT —
At 6:09 AM Thursday, August 22, 2013 Amarillo Police Officers were dispatched to an car wreck off of I-27.
Jamikea Gormany's vehicle had run out of gas and several people helped push the driver and her car off of the exit 26th Street exit ramp.
The heroic act was cut short when a vehicle exiting struck them, pinning rescuer, Helen Cardenas between the two cars.
Helen was taken to a local hospital with life threatening injuries, including a severed leg, but could this wreck have been avoided?
Just before the accident occurred, an APD Officer passed the broke down vehicle and the subjects. Over the radio he said it just looked like a broke down vehicle.
Corporal Jerry Neufeld of the Amarillo Police Department said APD does not have a specific policy stating they "must" help broke down vehicles on the side of the road.
"If an officer is approaching or sees a vehicle that's broke down or somebody is trying to do something with them, depending on the situation, the day, and the time, he's gonna do everything he can to keep that person from getting hit or an accident occurring." said Neufeld.
Neufeld said it is unknown where the vehicle was at the time the officer passed, but he has no doubt that the officer would have stopped had the situation looked dangerous at the time he had passed.
"We have push bumpers on our cars, so if we see something like that we have pushed many cars out of the road way, off to a safer place to change a tire or something like that," said Neufeld. "Had the officer seen that he was needed, I feel very certain that he would have turned around and came back."
Neufeld said, "It was one of those things by the time he had went by, before he could get turned back around, the collision had already occurred."
Neufeld said it was a very bizarre accident and he strongly suggests people should try to get their vehicles completely off of the road and always think of safety first.
Listen to the scanner audio from this morning's incident here.