911 Call Reporting the Hit and Run Which Left Two Girls Dead Last Week; Warning, This Is Graphic Audio
On July 12 at approximately 9:11 p.m. a caller dialed 911 and reported a girl down in the road. In the confusion of the night, it is some time before anyone (except possibly the driver of the vehicle) realizes there are actually two teenage girls that have been mowed down by a vehicle.
The audio is harrowing. The witness calm but shaken does his best to get needed information across. A team of operators work together almost seamlessly to convey that information to the men and women who arrived on the terrible scene hoping to help.
From call start to the arrival of the first responder, only three minutes and ten seconds pass. But we learn several new facts. The witness said he saw a Jeep stopped near the scene. The witness reports that he saw the girl earlier on a skateboard. The witness calls the driver of the Jeep “she.” Please remember these reports are not confirmed. They are the first reports from the scene of a terrible tragedy.
Warning: The audio is graphic. Please be aware this is a description of the death scene of two young girls. Avoid it if this will be too painful. Please discuss this respectfully.
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Fortuna Police Department Operator: 911 where’s your emergency?
Caller: It’s on Eel River Drive between Kenmar and Drake Hill Road. There’s a girl… I th…She might be dead. There was a Jeep that just stopped and left. But I need help. I need an ambulance here right now.
Fortuna Police Department Operator: Okay, I’m going to put you through to medical. So you’re Eel River Drive between where?
Caller: Between Kenmar and Drake Hill Road.
Fortuna Police Department Operator: Okay. Hold on.
Fire and Medical Operator: Fire and Medical. What is your emergency?
Caller: I have…I believe it’s a fatality on Eel River Drive between Kenmar and Drake Hill Road. A young girl that was …I actually saw her earlier on a skateboard. And I saw a…a Jeep that is pulled over just past here. And then she went on. So whoever was driving went…continued down Eel River Drive to Drake Hill Road..
Fortuna Police Department Operator (over the top): Five eight..
Operator: Okay (unintelligible) Somebody gets hit?
Fortuna Police Department Operator: Stay on the line.
Caller: (unintelligible) immediately.
Fortuna Police Department Operator: We’re also going to be on the line.
Operator: Thank you.
Fortuna Police Department Operator: 5A3, Receiving a report of a possible tc [code for traffic collision] with a 1144 [code for death] on Eel River Drive between Kenmar and Drake Hill. The subject’s unsure. It’s a young xray [code for female].
Caller: I stopped (unintelligible) Don’t touch. Don’t move her.
Fortuna Police Department Operator: Down on the ground.
Caller: (unintelligible) on the ground in the middle of the road.
Fortuna Police Department Operator: Received. Medical will be en route.
Caller: She’s got..she’s got definitely two broken legs.
Caller: But she’s not moving.
Dispatch: Code 3 ambulance. Code 3 medical. This will be on Eel River Drive between Kenmar and Drake Hill. Eel River Drive between Kenmar and Drake
Hill. Child struck by a vehicle. (unintelligible)
Caller (to someone in the background?): Probably got hit. I’ve got an ambulance coming.
Officer 561 Male emergency personnel over scanner: 561 Eel River Drive.
Operator: Is she awake?
Caller: No, she’s… I think she’s dead. I…I’m not going to move her cause…
Fortuna Police Department Operator: 5B61, He’s just advising between Kenmar and Drake Hill.
Operator: Help’s on the way.
Cal Fire Operator: Do you have an approximate age would you say?
Caller: (unintelligible) probably 15? 16?
Fortuna Police Department Operator: 5B61, out.
Caller: Here they come.
Fortuna Police Department Operator: 5A3, out.
Operator: Is somebody there with you now?
Caller: There’s a there’s a police car here.
Another Operator: PD is on scene.
Caller: There’s something behind…probably another police car……..Okay, so there’s…there’s an officer here.
Operator: The ambulance is on their way. Thank you for calling in.
Caller: (unintelligible) 911
Cal Fire Operator: No, they’re good. They can take..
Note: Information that might help understand what is happening as the different operators get the caller to explain what is happening.
A friend in law enforcement explains,
I noticed that people don’t understand what happens when you call 911 on the comments. When you call 911, normally it goes to the PD or HCSO dispatch. (Sometimes cell phones go to chp first and then chp has to figure out where to transfer.) They triage and figure out what services you need. Then they transfer you, staying on the line and listening to make sure (1) call goes through (2) R/P is able to state what the problem is and (3) answer any questions if the other dispatcher needs assistance (mainly in the case of medical aids where the caller is having problems). They are not put on “hold.”
UPDATE 3:30 p.m.: The CHP names two people suspected of being involved in the hit and run. Click here for more information.
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