Witness describes how a Sacramento Police patrol car hit her nephew
A second person was injured when a Sacramento Police Department patrol car ran into a 16-year-old boy as he was fleeing officers Sunday night, according to an attorney for the woman who said she was also struck.
Coreen Ignacio spoke Tuesday morning in front of the Hagginwood house where she said she was hit by the patrol car. According to Ignacio’s attorney, Nicholas Bayona, she was standing in the driveway of a house on the 900 block of Eleanor Avenue when the patrol car veered into the driveway and collided with her and the teenage boy.
Bayona said that Ignacio suffered a “serious injury” and called the incident “horrific.” She was released from the hospital Tuesday morning, he said. Bayona and Ignacio did not comment on the nature of her injuries.
Police had not confirmed a second person was injured Sunday night, said Sgt. Vance Chandler, spokesman for the police department.
Bayona said he was still gathering information about what happened and would evaluate whether to take legal action once he knew more.
The 16-year-old boy was struck Sunday night by a patrol car after he ran from officers who stopped him for multiple bicycle violations, which included riding at night without lights, according to police.
Chandler on Tuesday called it an “unintended collision.”
“The initial investigation appears to indicate that our officer lost control of his vehicle,” Chandler said.
Rosemarie Gevara, the aunt of the 16-year-old boy, said she was standing next to Ignacio when the patrol car veered into the driveway, striking Ignacio and Gevara’s nephew. The patrol car also struck the right rear of a BMW parked in the driveway, as well as a garbage can and potted plants.
“I’m hearing people say that (the patrol car’s driver) lost control,” Gevara said. “He didn’t lose no control.”
She compared watching the teen’s body propelled through the air to what she’s seen in Bruce Lee movies and said she was traumatized by the incident. The 16-year-old was taken to an area hospital in an ambulance, police said.
Gevara said she wants to know why police officers didn’t use other means of apprehending the victim.
“Our tax money pays for the Tasers, our tax money pays for the (K-9) dogs,” she said.
While the initial investigation determined the officer did not intend to hit the 16-year-old, Chandler said “even an unintended collision with the subject under these circumstances is not an acceptable outcome under our policies and training.”
A private meeting between law enforcement and members of the victim’s family will convene at 5 p.m. Thursday at City Hall, according to Gevara and Maria Washington, an Eleanor Avenue resident and another aunt to the 16-year-old. Both women plan to attend and speak in support of their nephew.
“These cops are supposed to protect our kids, keep ‘em safe, not run ‘em over,” Washington said.
Molly Sullivan: 916-321-1176, @SullivanMollyM