Today’s winners are Trooper Ryan Sullivan and the Colorado State Patrol. They get the award for the following–
A good Samaritan who helped push three people out of the path of a pickup truck before being struck and injured has gotten a strange reward for his good deed: A jaywalking ticket.
Family members said 58-year-old bus driver Jim Moffett and another man were helping two elderly women cross a busy Denver street in a snowstorm when he was hit Friday night.
Moffett suffered bleeding in the brain, broken bones, a dislocated shoulder and a possible ruptured spleen. He was in serious but stable condition Wednesday.
The Colorado State Patrol issued the citation. Trooper Ryan Sullivan said that despite Moffett’s intentions, jaywalking contributed to the accident.
Moffett had been driving his bus when the two women got off. In the interest of safety, he got out and, together with another passenger, helped the ladies cross.
Moffett’s stepson, Ken McDonald, said the driver of the pickup plowed into his stepfather, but not before Moffett pushed the two women out of the way.
When he awoke in intensive care, he learned of the ticket. “His reaction was dazed and confused. I was a little angry,” said McDonald.
The other man also was cited for jaywalking, while the pickup driver was cited with careless driving that led to injury. Sullivan said the two elderly women haven’t been cited but the investigation is ongoing.
No good deed goes unpunished. Why weren’t the two women cited if they jaywalked also.
Trooper Sullivan tries to explain himself–
“We don’t ever want to see tragedies like this happen. That is why we can’t stress enough for people to be careful and always use crosswalks,” Trooper Ryan Sullivan with the Colorado State Patrol said. “We understand Mr. Moffett was doing something with great intentions, but it was still dangerous for anyone to be in the road.”
Are you trying to fill some quota trooper Sullivan. Do you enforce every single law on the books, including one’s violated by other members of law enforcement? I make a bet you don’t for valid reasons and sometimes for not valid reasons. I suppose you’d prefer Moffet not break the law and there be two dead women now because the law is more important.
Mr. Moffet was a hero, but Trooper Ryan Sullivan and the Colorado State Patrol are today’s Knuckleheads of the Day.