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TACOMA: What are the TPD’s priorities?

Letter by Karl J. Pizzolatto, Lakewood on June 23, 2011 at 1:28 pm | 17 Comments »
June 24, 2011 2:49 pm

A few months ago, I pulled into a Tacoma big-box store’s parking lot and parked in the handicapped parking area. I was approached by a uniformed police officer and asked if this was my vehicle and handicapped tag, which they were. I was asked for the ID card with the tag, which I had and for my ID.

Last month, my wife was hit broadside in Tacoma by a vehicle turning left, crossing three lanes. She was bruised and banged up but fortunately suffered no broken bones. She called 911 and was told since no ambulance was needed that no officer would be sent. Therefore there was no police report, etc.

The person who hit my wife made an illegal left turn and should have at least received a citation. As my wife was shaken up in the accident, she did not obtain the other driver’s insurance (if any) information, and the insurance company currently is unable to contact the driver/owner of the other vehicle.

I understand the police being overworked, etc., but if they have time to check handicapped tags and ID, they sure should have time to investigate a broadside auto accident with severe damage to the vehicle and trauma to my wife.

What are the police priorities?



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