Police Officer Strikes Bicyclist On Way To Emergency Call, Cyclist Killed.
The brave men and women of our police, fire, and ambulance services know that in the case of an emergency, it can be a matter of seconds that can make the difference between saving a life and losing one. Many times, an emergency crew will travel at high-speed to reach a call, and innocent motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists can end up in a severe or even fatal accident.
That’s what happened in Houston last week on Tuesday, October 8th, when a police officer was on his way to a call involving a suicide in progress. Fox 7 in Houston reports that while on their way to the emergency call, a police cruiser struck and killed a bicyclist on North Wayside.
Authorities have identified the victim as Dwayne Foreman, 29, who was a mechanic and was related to heavyweight boxing champion, George Foreman. He leaves behind an 11-year-old son.
A friend who witnessed the crash, Adam Hardison, told Fox reporters that he saw the police cruiser speed past before hearing a crash and seeing something white fly through the air.
Foreman was pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators from the Houston Police Department’s Vehicular Crimes Unit, as well as the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, will try to determine the rate of speed that the officer was driving.
A spokesperson for the Houston Police Department released a statement saying that during the investigation, the department will review its policy regarding traffic laws as it pertains to the fatal crash.