Woman pinned by stolen bait truck during chase speaks out

That bystander is talking about the seconds the stolen truck and HPD squad cars were heading right for her
April 7, 2014 5:07:11 PM PDT
A woman is lucky to be alive after being pinned by a stolen bait car over the weekend. There are still a lot of questions left unanswered about how that crash happened, how the thief got away, and who is responsible for the innocent woman's injuries.

HPD parked a pickup truck, hoping to catch auto thieves. HPD says a man got into the truck, drove off and wouldn't stop when officers tried to pull him over. It ended after the suspect hit a stairwell on which a woman was standing and injured her.

"Why would you put something out there if you don't know if it's going to work or not?" Nicole Williams said.

Williams finds herself still questioning the events that caused her injuries.

"I can't see how they say it's a bait truck like what kind of bait? What did you get out of it?" she said.

Williams was the lone and innocent victim who was pinned by an out of control pickup truck that crashed into this stairwell. An HPD spokesperson says officers were trying to pull the driver over after he jumped into one of their bait vehicles. The police operation happened last Saturday in northwest Houston.

"I don't know how I got out, all I know is the truck was on me and I just pulled myself off," Williams said.

And as she tries to cope with the severe body aches and pain, she's considering filing a claim against the city for what she says was an operation that put the general community at risk.

"She has a case," Eyewitness News legal analyst Joel Androphy said.

Androphy says that while the suspect is responsible for the accident so is HPD.

"I think it's the responsibility of the police to protect the community. If they are protecting the community from robbers then they also need to protect from fleeing suspects," he said.

HPD says the accident was caused by the suspect. When asked if this particular vehicle had a kill switch, we were told they couldn't discuss it.

The suspect involved in the accident is still on the run.

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