(N.Morgan) This is one of those cases that makes me despise law enforcement officials for their absolute incompetence,when it comes to medical issues. 29 year old Casey Kressin is now dead, due to police officers not allowing the person he was riding with to get him to the hospital while he was having an asthma attack. The driver, Leah Hryniewicki was speeding and ran a red light trying to Kressin to the ER when she was pulled over by Chippewa Falls Police. Casey Kressin was a passenger in the vehicle that was pulled over Nov. 30 for speeding and running a red light. The video shows Kressin steps out of the car, waves at the officer and kneels on the pavement. The driver, Leah Hryniewicki, tells the officer Kressin can’t breathe because he’s having an asthma attack.
“He’s going to die! This has happened before,” she says. Hryniewicki also tells the officer Kressin has been using a nebulizer to breathe. One of the officers tells Hryniewicki he cannot administer medical treatment to Kressin. The video shows the ambulance arrives less than 6 minutes after the call was placed. Several minutes later, Kressin is on a stretcher and rushed to the hospital, where he later died.
Police Chief Wendy Stelter has said the officer responded to the situation correctly and made the right call by waiting for the ambulance rather than letting the driver continue to the hospital.
I beg to differ with Chief Stelter, this man’s death was completely unnecessary and could have been avoided if the situation had been handled appropriately. Mr. Kressin didn’t have to die. They were 3 miles from the hospital and with Asthma, time is of the essence. You only have minutes to get an attack under control and Mr. Kressin was forced to suffocate to death.