A Florida police officer was left seriously injured on Monday afternoon, after he was hit by a driver he had pulled over for driving erratically on the road, only for his 16-year-old daughter, who happened to drive by, to pull over to help and discover the victim was her father.
The episode was captured on video and shows Sgt. Kerstan Tatro standing by Amy Lee Giorgio’s driver’s side window and speaking to her when he reportedly noticed the driver trying to put her Lexus into gear.
At this point Tatro is seen reaching into the car’s window, trying to grab Giorgio’s car keys out of the ignition, Gulf Breeze Chief of Police Robert Randle said.
However, Giorgio accelerated while Tatro was still partway in her car, carried him a short distance and ran over his foot when he fell from the vehicle’s side.
As the suspect sped off, Mr. Tatro’s teenage daughter Faith, who just happened to be driving by at the time on her way back from Cordova Mall, stopped to help the fallen officer.
It was only when she approached him that she realized it was her father and shouted: “Daddy, are you OK?”. Here is the police dash cam video of the incident:
Speaking to the Pensacola News Journal, Faith Tatro said:
I didn’t know what happened. I saw the other car speed off and him on the ground. When I saw him, I freaked out, and I just started crying.
Sgt. Tetro, who suffered a serious arm injury and a wounded foot, said:
She was screaming, “My dad, that’s my dad”. This was killing her and she shouldn’t have had to witness that.
Speaking from his hospital bed later, Sgt. Tatro added:
I was thinking, what is she doing here? You go to work every night and they say be careful, and I say, “I promise. I’ll be careful, I’ll be home.” And that’s a promise I have to keep.
Giorgio was arrested a short time after the incident after another driver, who saw the events, followed her car and called the police, according to KHOU. She allegedly had drugs in her possession.
Giorgio had already been scheduled for a January 20 trial on charges of possession of cocaine, possession of drug equipment and driving under the influence and now faces multiple charges.
1. Sergeant Kerstan Tatro, of Gulf Breeze Police Department, is captured on video pulling over driver Amy Giorgio, 30, after allegedly spotting her speeding near the south end of the Pensacola Bay Bridge.
2. But as he leans through the passenger window to speak to her, she suddenly restarts her car engine and accelerates, dragging him long the road, footage shows (pictured). She then runs over his foot.
3. While Giorgio reportedly speeds off (pictured), Mr. Tatro’s 16-year-old daughter Faith — who was driving by at the time after visiting Cordova Mall — stops to help the fallen officer, whose identity she does not yet know.
4. But as Faith (left) approaches Mr. Tatro (right), she suddenly realizes it is her father.
5. Giorgio (pictured in a Facebook photo) was arrested a short time later after a driver who saw the events followed her from the scene and phoned police. She has now been charged with multiple offenses.
6. Faith said: ‘I didn’t know what happened. I saw the other car speed off and him on the ground. When I saw him, I freaked out, and I just started crying.’ Above, Mr. Tatro lies on the ground as Giorgio allegedly flees.
7. A number of people, including Mr. Tatro’s daughter, stopped to help the injured officer after the incident.
8. Mr. Tatro, who suffered a serious arm injury, said of his daughter: ‘She was screaming, “My dad, that’s my dad”… This was killing her and she shouldn’t have had to witness that.’ Above, Faith and Mr. Tatro.
9. Mr. Tatro (pictured in a Facebook photo), who has five children and a wife, Natalie, can be heard yelling: ‘Don’t f***ing do this’ as he is dragged alongside Giorgio’s car, before being thrown to the side of the road.
10. Speaking from his hospital bed, Mr. Tatro said: ‘I was thinking, what is [Faith] doing here?’ You go to work every night and they say be careful, and I say, ‘I promise. I’ll be careful, I’ll be home’.’ Above, Faith.
And here is a video report of the accident:
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