Police officer left to die in the street according to witnesses. A report posted today at Global Toronto says a Police officer was left to die in the street after being hit by a plow truck. The report says another "officer found Sgt. Ryan Russell dying on a snowy street after he was mowed down by a snowplow told him to hold on as she cradled him and felt his fleeting last breaths."
Sgt. Sarah Andrews testified Wednesday about the incident. She said there was blood everywhere and she could not find a pulse. Andrews was one of several witnesses who testified at the trial of Richard Kachkar, 46, who was charged with first-degree murder, and dangerous driving, in the death 35-year-old Russell.
Kachkar has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him, but witnesses say Sgt. Russell tried to stop the plow, even backing away then firing shots at it in the seconds before it crashed into him. Sources say the impact from the crash knocked Russell over, and spun his body toward the blade of the plow which struck him in the head fracturing his skull.
"I took his left hand and I held it and I could feel his wedding ring and I just kept talking to him, telling him that he had to fight and to hold on, help was coming," Andrews testified in court.
"I kept asking for help on the radio and another officer finally came...He helped me loosen up his vest and I put my hand under his vest to see if I could feel his heart beating. He was warm, but I couldn't feel his heart beating," she said.
Russell was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Kachkar had stolen the plow at a Tim Hortons when two landscapers stopped for coffee around 5 a.m. on Jan. 12, 2011. "He then drove around Toronto for two hours, hitting several cars and shouting about the Taliban, Chinese technology and a microchip in his body." Sgt. Russell responded to a call about the incident, and when he caught up to the snowplow Kachkar did a U-turn and came toward his cruiser. Russell reversed, then eventually got out of the car, but Kachkar eventually hit him with the plow, causing his fatal injuries.
At this point the courts have no question as to whether Kachkar is the man who hit the Sgt. Russell, then left the police officer in the street to die. Instead, they are attempting to determine his mental state.
What are your thoughts on this police officer left to die in the street after being hit my a snowplow?