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TACOMA, Wash. — Tacoma police are investigating after an officer ran over a man lying on the street early Saturday morning.
The incident happened at about 1:20 a.m. in the 600 block of North Fife Street.
Tacoma Police Department spokeswoman Loretta Cool told KIRO 7 a patrol vehicle traveling 10 mph ran over a person lying on the roadway.
The victim was a 22-year-old man. He was taken to the hospital and is in critical condition.
Cool said the investigation remains ongoing.
Duane Marggraf, who lives at the retirement home down the street, was sitting on the porch when the accident happened. Marggraf said he saw the young man get in a car, start up the engine, then get out. But Marggraf did not see the man lie down on the pavement. He then saw the squad car approach. He said the officer was checking out the cars and even stopped to look at Marggraf where he was sitting. “He continued up the road real slowly. When his headlights hit the concrete up there, I noticed there was somebody up there laying in the road,” Marggraf said. “I thought he was going to get out and give him a citation for being drunk in public or something like that. But he continued on and ran him over, just like watching a movie.”
A resident in the neighborhood, Kassie Mitchell, caught infrared images of the incident on surveillance video and shared it with KIRO 7. The man is seen walking to a car at around 1:13a.m. Three minutes later, he exits the car, and lies down on the pavement. After two minutes there, the police squad car is seen approaching slowly, stopping occasionally, and finally running over the man.
“He continued up the road real slowly. When his headlights hit the concrete up there, I noticed there was somebody up there laying in the road,” Marggraf said. “I thought he was going to get out and give him a citation for being drunk in public or something like that. But he continued on and ran him over, just like watching a movie.”
The guy looks brightly lit up in the video, but don't forget that video is from an infrared camera.
The officer appeared to be speeding up to check the next car ahead of him. He was running tags on local cars in the area
originally posted by: Jakal26
Yet a witness could see this guy from his porch?
originally posted by: Jakal26
Which car are you referring to? The one in the driveway to the top of our view of the street?
When someone is looking for a person they look at their height outward, scanning for a silhouette on the horizon, not at the ground around them or below their own feet (or in this case, on the road in front of them).
Now why on gawds green earth would he just run the guy over for no reason? If he wanted to be a jerk, and give the guy a hard time, he had a perfect target there for a DUI arrest and public intoxication. So why intentionally run him over?
He surely isn't going to speed up without, at the very least, glancing up directly in front of him.