Two people lying on the shore of one of Long Island's beaches, both of whom are from the area near Garden City, received significant injures when they got run over by a police car patrolling the beach.
Police in the area are calling the incident a "freak accident," and have noted that their officer has more than 30 years' experience and did not show any evidence of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The office who was patrolling the beach had reportedly been responding to a police call, which may have involved telling a crowd to leave the water. Lifeguards had already gone home for the day.
After returning to his vehicle, which was parked in an area of the beach where vehicles typically do not travel, the office attempted to make a three-point turn. While traveling at a slow speed for making the turn, he ran over the couple lying down on the beach. The man suffered broken ribs and also had a bruised lung. He was hospitalized but is reportedly now at home recovering. His companion, a woman, has an unspecified leg injury and may still be in the hospital.
This case illustrates that people have an obligation to look where they are going when they are backing up their cars, and this obligation extends to police officers. Not taking this important step can lead to motor vehicle accidents which, in the wrong circumstances, can prove to be quite serious. In accidents like these, victims may be able to recover compensation for their medical bills, lost income and other costs.
Source: NBC 4 New York, "Veteran cop runs over Long Island beachgoers in 'freak accident,' police say," Greg Cergol, July 17, 2017