Snohomish County, WA -- A violent, multiple vehicle crash unfolded last week after a Snohomish County Sheriff's deputy ran a stop sign.
The resulting crash left five people hospitalized. One man, who was loading up his pick-up truck with the tailgate down, was hit by the police cruiser, pinning him in between the car and his truck.
The man, who neighbors say was a construction worker, was taken to Harborview Regional Medical Center in Seattle where both of his legs were amputated. As of today, he is still in ICU.
Witnesses recall that the deputy did not have his lights on, nor his siren as he sped through the stop sign at the north Everett intersection of Rockefeller Avenue and 23rd Street just before noon on Friday.
Steve Teixeira, a neighbor who heard the crash, described hearing the man screaming in agony as he begged for help. Teixeira was forced to argue with the 9-1-1 dispatcher to send an ambulance because he couldn't see the man pinned between the cop car and the pickup.
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"Everyone was, ‘where’s the ambulance?’,” neighbor Kieth Owens said.
The accident investigation has been passed off to the Washington State Patrol, who said on Wednesday that the deputy was most likely at fault for this crash.
The State Patrol said that they are still piecing together the details and that it was unclear if the deputy was on a call. Apparently they are unable to ask the question, "was the deputy on a call?"
Another suspicious facet to this terrible crash was the fact that two of those injured were passengers in the deputy's car. A 21-year-old Brier man and a 44-year-old Everett woman were riding with the deputy for unknown reasons.
Snohomish County Jail records did not have either of the two passengers listed the day of the crash, according to Snohomish County News.
Police officers causing crashes and killing people is far too common. Last year we reported on a similar story of Deputy Joseph Quiles, who ran a stop sign and crippled a woman. Quiles then lied and arrested the woman for DUI, despite her not drinking anything.