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Jan 9, 2014 2:53 PM by Rachel Cole - rcole@kristv.com

Accident Victim Says 911 Left Him Hanging on the Line

CORPUS CHRISTI - A man who was involved in a hit and run accident Wednesday is upset with how police handled his call to 911. Dale Coffman feels the dispatcher didn't stay on the line with him while he dealt with what he feels could have been a dangerous situation.

"To me it's about a safety reason, the 911 operator should have stayed on the phone with me the whole time, I asked her to," Coffman said.

Coffman called 911 as soon as he was hit. There is obvious damage to his hummer but he says the damage to his car, is the least of his worries. His concern centers around what he says happened when he called the police.

"No telling what could've happened, it could've been a young kid I don't know what could have happened, nobody knows what the scenario might have been and you know what in the end point with 911 hanging up on me and stuff like that, they might not even know either," he said.

Coffman feels the dispatcher should have stayed on the line. He says there was no way of knowing if the situation would become dangerous.

"This car hits me, he's not stopping, trying to give them all the best description of the vehicle that I can and tell hey I think he's going to pull into the store," Coffman said.

Coffman is talking about the Shell station where he thought the driver of a blue SUV was going to stop.

"He acted like he was going to pull in," Coffman added. "He continued to drive, he's waving me on, he's taking me further back into what I call unsafe territory,"

Coffman says, even though he was skeptical about following the car, he didn't want the driver to get away with hitting him. However, even when police showed up, the driver was not cited.

"This guy did not get a hit and run citation, okay, to me again how far do you have to drive to sit there before it becomes a hit and run," Coffman said.

A police spokesman tells KRIS 6 News that at the time Coffman called 911 dispatchers were handling a lot of calls. We've requested a copy of that call. We'll keep you posted on this story.


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