Dallas Police Officer protects driver from dangerous crash
Dallas Police Sergeant Shannon Smith, on routine patrol Saturday, January 27, was flagged down by a passing driver, alerting him that there was a disabled vehicle nearby. As Sgt. Smith drove down Skillman to assist the stranded driver, he approached the Lovers Lane intersection. Dallas resident Nate Brinkley was driving with his 14-month-old daughter in the same direction.
As the two cars crossed the intersection, Sgt. Smith saw a car, driving quickly, westbound on Lovers. Sgt. Smith attempted to get his squad car out of the lane, but was struck by the westbound car. As the squad car was hit, it spun in the intersection, hitting the front of Brinkley’s SUV, before coming to a stop on the sidewalk.
Brinkley believes that if Sgt. Smith hadn’t been there, he and his daughter may have been badly hurt.
“I’m just very grateful to him,” Brinkley said. “Thanks to him, my daughter is perfect.” He also said he hopes to meet with Sgt. Smith and thank him in person.
As a supervisor, Sgt. Smith could have directed one of his officers to assist the stranded motorist, but chose to respond himself. Because of that, he protected Brinkley and his daughter.
“I love what I do,” said Sgt. Smith. “I’m glad I could help.”
(Image courtesy of Nate Brinkley)