February 25, 2015 - 4:20 PM
KELOWNA – Witnesses to an accident involving a police vehicle that sent a Kelowna woman to hospital Tuesday afternoon are saying the officer caused the accident by running a red light.
Amanda May Embree was on her way to Mission Creek Park with two friends and a three-year-old boy around 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24.
"We were directly behind the police SUV," she says. "The light was definitely red when (the officer) went through and smoked her."
They all saw the black car was making a left-hand turn and was half way through the oncoming lane when the police SUV ran the red light and crashed into her. There is an advanced green light at that intersection.
"He had enough time to stop," she says. "He wasn't going fast, it just looked to us like he slow-rolled through the intersection. He didn't have his lights or siren on. We were just in shock."
The SUV hit the car in the front right corner and spun it half way around, according to Embree. The driver, a 22-year-old Kelowna woman, was taken to Kelowna General Hospital with what Sgt. Ann Morrison of the RCMP is calling "minor injuries."
“The traffic lights at the intersection were operating properly,” she says. “There is an advanced green there but whether she got caught in the intersection or not, that is all part of the investigation.”
Embree says at no time did police approach her or her friends for statements about what they saw.
"We were at the park for about an hour and by the time we drove back the black car had already been towed but the cop car was still sitting there," she says. "Maybe he was on his computer or something but it would be pretty unfair for this girl to go through a whole investigation when it's obvious who is at fault."
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— This story was updated at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25 to include information from witnesses to the accident.
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