Officer Ruben Munoz was nonetheless within the hospital Saturday night time, every week after being critically injured in a multi-vehicle crash involving an alleged drunk driver on Sunday morning.
At about 2 a.m. Munoz responded to name for a disabled car and used his patrol automotive to dam the scene on U.S. 59 South.
The motive force concerned in that crash hit some particles, misplaced management of his automotive and hit one of many inside partitions, in response to police.
Munoz had stepped out of his car to conduct a sobriety check. As soon as again inside his patrol automotive, which was parked within the emergency lane, authorities mentioned a pickup truck crashed into it.
The motive force admitted to ingesting and was taken to a close-by location for sobriety testing, in response to police.
“I’d say 10 to fifteen minutes after (the decision) is when the wrecker driver referred to as saying that an officer bought hit by one other automotive on the freeway,” Officer Daniel Barbarick mentioned.
Barbarick and Officer Demarcus Mitchell responded to the scene, the place Munoz was critically injured.
“It was in all probability one of many worst accidents I’ve seen,” Barbarick mentioned. “His automotive did not appear to be a automotive anymore, it was simply components all over the place.”
Barbarick mentioned with the assistance of witnesses, he was in a position to get Munoz out of his patrol car. Moments later, one other automotive hit Munoz’s Tahoe.
“As soon as I bought him out of the automotive, inside seconds is when the second automotive was hitting,” Officer Barbarick mentioned.
Each officers have been centered on getting their injured brother in blue to a protected spot to earlier than performing CPR.
The police division credit the 2 officers’ fast motion and coaching with saving Munoz’s life. He was flown to a hospital and his situation is enhancing, in response to police.
The primary driver that struck Munoz’s patrol car was 25-year-old Julian Requena, police mentioned. He has been charged with two counts of intoxication assault. Further prices are pending.
Police consider alcohol could possibly be an element for all three civilian drivers concerned. The investigation continues to be ongoing.
“Do not drink and drive,” Officer Mitchell mentioned, “It isn’t value it. It isn’t value your life. It isn’t value another person’s life. Second, we ask drivers on the street to concentrate.”
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A GoFundMe as been created to assist with Munoz’s restoration prices.
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