Dashcam Shows Fort Worth Officer Hit By Car During Traffic Stop

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For the first time, a Fort Worth police officer who survived being hit by a car is talking about the close call. We’re also getting our first look at the dash camera video that shows the moment of impact. The collision happened on Interstate 30 near Oakland Boulevard. Officer Matthew Lesell pulled someone over on the shoulder, and, instead of slowing down and moving over a lane, a passing vehicle slammed into his squad car, then into his body. “It was July 7th, around three in the morning,” Lessell recalled. He had pulled someone over for a traffic stop and got out to approach the car. “Next thing I knew is I was flying through the air,” Lesell said. “It felt like I was spinning through a washing machine.” The driver of the vehicle that hit Lesell was suspected of driving while intoxicated. The impact sent the officer’s body into the middle of I-30. “And then telling myself, ‘Hey, you’re in the middle of the road. You need to get out of the road,'” he said. He managed to run off the highway just as more cars started zipping by. “From all my training, whether it be the Marine Corps, or through the academy, the worst thing to do is be down and out of the fight,” Lesell said.

In fact, Lesell went back out to hold the driver who hit him, until his backup arrived. “My assist was like, ‘Dude, come sit down, take a deep breath,'” he said. His wife, Danielle Lesell, needed the same advice. “I burst into tears and I literally felt like somebody was squeezing my heart,” she said. She’s a trauma nurse and knows how much worse this could have been. “I think about it every time he walks out the door,” Danielle Lesell said. “But I can’t stop him from doing that. This is what he loves to do.” And as soon as a hyper-extended foot and a fractured vertebrae are healed, it’s what he’ll return to. “I go out with just a mission and a goal just to prevent that from happening to someone else’s family,” Matthew Lesell said. “Take your foot off the gas, slow down, move away from that area, and you’ll prevent a lot of accidents, injuries and tragedies from happening.” Just Wednesday morning, a convoy of tow trucks and emergency vehicles drove through Fort Worth on a cross-country tour. They’re drawing attention to the hundreds of roadside workers injured and killed every year and reminding us to slow down and move over.

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48 thoughts on “Dashcam Shows Fort Worth Officer Hit By Car During Traffic Stop

  1. I question how some people are so stupid and not wanna move over…I’ve pulled over on the highway before to the side line and had flashing hazard lights and still people didn’t move over I knew I did everything I could in that moment to try and get my car out of the road before some idiot who didn’t see the flashing lights and thought it was cool to speed by crash into the back of my car and was sent to the hospital for neck injury. It doesn’t take much to move over

  2. If you are going to do traffic stops on a busy road, have the motorists go to a safe area, if possible. And the officer does not look behind himself and leans against the car like he is resting on it. Should have approached the car on the passenger side.

  3. And this is why cops pulling people over for minor traffic violations is more dangerous than the actual traffic violation. For the cops it’s not about public safety, it’s about generating revenue and advancing his career.

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