Man in coma after struck by cop car

October 19, 2009 3:22:36 PM PDT
A 29-year-old man is in a coma after he was hit by two police cars rushing to a scene. The victim's parents claim the patrol cars' lights and sirens were not on. Jason Cosme was walking on the street when the NYPD cruiser hit him. Police say the lights and sirens were on. Eyewitnesses tell a different story.

The incident happened in the Fordham section of the Bronx, and officers stopped immediately to help the victim.

"I don't know what's going to be the outcome," the victim's mother, Maria DeJesus, said. "You just have to pray."

DeJesus is demanding answers and an apology while she hopes for her son's recovery.

"He has a lot of fractures on the front of his skull and his sinuses," she said. "Everything is fractured inside."

It happened on Friday, moments before midnight. By all accounts, Jason was crossing Davidson Avenue when the collision occurred. The two patrol cars were responding to a report of a man with a gun.

NYPD officials insist that both vehicles had their lights and sirens on, that Cosme emerged from between parked cars and headlong into the second patrol car.

But witness Ruben Ramos says that's not what he saw.

"The cops were speeding up the block," he said. "No lights, no sirens, no nothing."

But sources familiar with the investigation say there is at least one civilian eyewitness who backs up the officers' version of events.

Cosme is an artist, and his parents are proud of his talents. But his prognosis is impossible to predict.

"No one came and said, hey, I'm sorry for what happened to your kid," the victim's father, Juan Cosme, said. "No one."

"Nothing is going to return my son back to me like he was," DeJesus said. "Nothing. There's nothing they can either say or do anymore. He's lying there in a coma."

The speed of the patrol car at the time of the impact is still unclear. But without question, Jason Cosme was crossing in the middle of the block, which was a major factor in what happened.



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