Witness’s training helps officer treat cyclist after hit and run crash

Witness’s training helps officer treat cyclist after hit and run crash
Jonesboro police respond to a call of a bicyclist hit will riding. (Source: KAIT-TV)

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Jonesboro police are looking for a motorist who hit a bicyclist then drove off.

Just before 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16, officers responded to a pedestrian hit and run at the intersection of Belt and Scott Streets.

When Officer Jeremy Wheelis arrived, he found the victim’s bicycle on the sidewalk in three pieces. He also found a 21-year-old witness treating the 45-year-old victim.

In his preliminary incident report, Wheelis said he could tell the victim had “lost a lot of blood.”

Wheelis grabbed his medical kit and ran to the victim where he noticed two “large holes” in the side of his neck. It appeared the injuries were caused by the bike’s metal pieces.

“The wound highest on his neck seemed to be the worst,” Wheelis said. “I could see his carotid artery.”

The witness said he had been a combat medic and continued to assist Wheelis in treating the victim.

Wheelis first applied an Israeli bandage to the worst wound, then packed gauze inside the other wound until both started to slow the bleeding.

An ambulance arrived a short time later and took the victim to a local hospital.

According to the incident report, the suspect was described as a black male in his 30s driving a silver 2008 Ford Fusion with damage to the front and rear fender.

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