Video appears to show police fleeing Hawaii crash caused by a chase

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Surveillance video from Hawaii showed police officers chasing and running from the scene of an accident in which a driver and a 15-year-old passenger were paralyzed.

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Hawaii News Now Reports that footage shows a September 12 police chase involving a black, unmarked law enforcement SUV and a white Honda near Makaha Surfside condos.

The chase happened around 3.45 am. Footage showed vehicles blazing at high speed, with a pair of Honolulu cops following behind with their lights off.

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A police vehicle collided with the side of a Honda sedan, sending it flying through the air and crashing into a nearby fence before finally stopping in the front yard. Five people were inside the car and the sixth allegedly fled the spot.

After this the police left the spot and later returned for investigation.

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The accident was originally reported by police as a single-car accident, but eyewitnesses to the collision said police caused the wreckage and then left the scene.

Anthony Charles, a witness on his motorcycle at the time of the accident, said he stopped to help when he saw officers running.

“I was going out, like wow, you guys never even stopped to provide help,” he said. Mr Charles said he and other witnesses stayed with the victims of the wreck until paramedics arrived.

He said when officers arrived they asked what happened.

“The first thing I heard from an officer was, ‘So what happened here?’ And so I told him, ‘You guys should know, you guys (were) the ones who drove them off the road,’ said Mr. Charles.

One of the passengers in the car was 15-year-old Dayton Gouvia, who was paralyzed from the waist down. Her family is suing the Honolulu Police Department for the accident, alleging that the police tried to cover up the incident.

Eric Setz, a lawyer representing Mr Gouvia’s family, said the situation was “quite abusive”.

“I’m more upset than I am about this whole situation,” he said. “We have received reports from witnesses who have witnessed parts of the events and parts of the chase, but the video confirms some of the worst aspects of what we were told.”

Two people in the car had broken spines. A third passenger, a minor, suffered a ruptured eye, forcing medical workers to sew it back together.

The HPD said the three officers involved in the alleged accident are currently on restricted duty. The investigation into the incident is pending.

Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Hawaii

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