CLEVELAND, Ohio-- The FOX 8 I-Team has obtained RTA security camera video showing a Cleveland police car going through a red light just before a nasty crash. The police car did not have emergency lights flashing.
The accident happened downtown last month at East 9th and Euclid. A civilian car “t-boned” the police cruiser. However, the video shows the traffic light for the police car had been red for at least 40 seconds before the crash.
Police say the case remains under investigation. The officer could get a ticket.
We took the video to the head of the police union. Steve Loomis said there could be explanations for the patrol car going through the intersection with a red traffic light like that. Loomis said, "Did he have a radio assignment? Did something just come over the MDT, the computer in the car, which could be distracting? Bottom line, an accident's an accident. We put a lot of miles on these cars.”
The I-Team also reached out to the other driver in that video. He said he was really busy and couldn't talk. Then his attorney called and said he's considering a civil lawsuit. The attorney wanted to be sure that taking part in this story wouldn't interfere with that.
The police report shows officer Bob Cummings got banged up with back, neck and other injuries.
Police say the crash has been assigned to the Accident Investigation Unit. We’ve learned that unit has been waiting on security video to help answer questions.