Witnesses said over the weekend that a man died after an East Cleveland officer hit him with a police cruiser and then refused to perform CPR.
According to officials, the officer was responding to an emergency call shortly before 10 p.m. on Saturday when he hit a 21-year-old man who was trying to cross the street. The man was taken to University Hospitals, where he later died.
A preliminary investigation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol found that the officer had his emergency lights on at the time of the accident, but WEWS reporter Kristin Volk spoke to witnesses who disputed that claim.
“Witnesses and others at the scene tell me the officer who hit the man checked out his car instead of doing CPR,” Volk explained
“The officer, when the officer got out of the car, the officer went around the man, the young man on the ground, and checked his windshield out,” the witness told Volk. “Then he put his hands on his hips. And everybody was like, ‘What the f*ck are you doing? The guy you hit is on the ground. He’s dying. He’s dying.'”
Eventually a second officer arrived on the scene and performed CPR, but he was unable to save the victim.
The Highway Patrol, which is handling the investigation, had not released the name of the officer or victim, but officials said that the victim’s family had been notified.
Watch the video from WEWS below.