Officer Ruben Munoz remained in hospital Saturday night, a week after being severely injured in a multi-vehicle collision involving a drunk driver on Sunday morning.
At about 2 a.m., Munoz responded to a call from a disabled vehicle and used his patrol car to cordon off the scene on US 59 South.
According to police, the driver involved in that crash hit some debris, lost control and crashed into one of the interior walls.
Munoz got out of the car to take a sobriety test. When he returned inside his patrol car, which was parked in the emergency lane, authorities said a pickup truck had hit it.
The driver admitted to drinking and was taken to a nearby location for a sobriety test, according to police.
“I would say 10 to 15 minutes later (the call) was when the driver of the train carrying the plane’s corpse called to say an officer had been hit by another vehicle on the highway,” officer Daniel Barbarick said.
Barbarick and Officer Demarcus Mitchell respond at the scene, where Munoz is critically injured.
“It was probably one of the worst accidents I’ve ever seen,” Barbarick said. “His car doesn’t look like a car anymore, it’s just parts everywhere.”
Barbarick said with the help of witnesses, he was able to get Munoz out of his patrol car. Moments later, another car hit Munoz’s Tahoe.
“When I got him out of the car, it was within seconds when the second car hit,” Officer Barbarick said.
Both officers focused on getting the injured brother in the blue shirt to a safe location before performing CPR.
The police department credits the quick action and training of the two officers who saved Munoz’s life. He was taken to hospital and his condition is improving, according to police.
Police said the first driver to hit Munoz’s patrol car was 25-year-old Julian Requena. He has been charged with two counts of drunken assault. Additional fees are pending.
Police believe alcohol may have been a factor for all three civilian drivers involved. The investigation is still ongoing.
“Don’t drink and drive,” said Officer Mitchell, “It’s not worth it. It’s not worth your life. It’s not worth the life of another. Second, we ask those who drive on the road. attention line.”
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ONE GoFundMe as created to help with Munoz’s recovery costs.
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