Landover, MD- Watching a loved one be struck by a car ranks up there with one of the worst things a person can experience in their lifetime. Last week, that very thing happened to two Maryland teens, but when the man’s daughter called 911, she didn’t get solace or sympathy, she got a rude operator who told her to “stop whining.”
In early February, Rick Warwick, 38, his fiancé and two teen children were on the Baltimore Washington Parkway, headed to dinner, when their vehicle got a flat tire. Warwick and his fiancé were standing outside changing the flat when a passing motorist struck them and fled from the scene, according to CBS Baltimore.
Warwick’s teenage daughter then called 911 to summon help, but what she got was an inconsiderate 911 operator.
Warwick was killed and his fiancé suffered non-life threatening injuries.
As the teen pleads with the 911 operator to send someone, he asks he if there is someone else he can speak with and tells the girl to “stop whining,” adding that he is having trouble understanding her. If you listen to the call, however, you will hear that considering the circumstances the young woman is speaking clearly and is easily understood. She isn’t even hysterical like most people would be considering the circumstances.
This 911 operator was out of line with his callous comments. Who wouldn’t be a little whiny after watching someone they love get run over and die there on the side of the road? This girl was under distress, which this call only exacerbated.
CBS Baltimore, where you can hear the recording, reports that the 911 operator has been transferred to another position while an investigation is conducted. The operator’s new position won’t require him to work with the public.
“Most people that listen to that tape, and myself included, would not be how I would want to be treated if I called 911 or if I had a family member or friend calling a 911 dispatcher,” Anne Arundel County Fire Department Captain Russ Davies told CBS Baltimore.
What’s lost in the outrage over the 911 operator’s comments is the fact that a man died at the hands of a reckless driver. Now his two teen children will grow up without his love and financial support.
Sadly, the hit-and-run driver in this incident has not been apprehended.
Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that hit-and-run accidents have risen over the past five years. In many cases, these drivers are found and brought to justice, but that isn’t always the case.
Even if a hit-and-run driver is not found, accident victims can still get compensation for their pain, emotional distress and loss of financial support. Getting a settlement for a hit-and-run accident is challenging, but not impossible. If you have lost a loved one or have been injured in a hit-and-run accident, you need to consult with an accident attorney in Landover to discuss what options you have to get the compensation you need.
A fatal accident can affect a person in many ways and they need someone on their side who will be dedicated to their case and willing to do the hard work necessary to secure a generous settlement. Our outstanding Maryland accident attorneys will be by your side through every step of your injury claim.

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