Police Officer Left To Die; Ryan Russell Killed By Raving Lunatic Driving Stolen Snowplow
Sergeant Ryan Russell, a police officer left to die after he was hit by a stolen snowplow in Toronto last year, did not survive the accident and now his assailant, Richard Kachkar, is on trial for first-degree murder. Witness testimony in Kachkar's trial started yesterday, and fellow cops and first responders testified that the police officer was left to die after Kachkar backed over him during a confrontation, fracturing Russell's skull with the plow blade. Eyewitnesses called 911 when they saw Kachkar drive off, and the first officer on scene, Sgt. Sarah Andrews, told the court what happened when she found the mortally-wounded Russell.
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"I dropped to the ground and I tried to roll the body over," she said through tears. "I put my right hand underneath his head and I could feel a hole in the back of his head. I took his left hand and I held it and I could feel his wedding ring and I just kept talking to him telling him that he had to fight and to hold on, help was coming."
Help did not arrive in time for the police officer left to die.
Kachkar stole the plow from a Tim Hortons when two landscapers stopped for coffee around 5 a.m. on Jan. 12, 2011, then drove around Toronto hitting several cars and shouting about the Taliban, Chinese technology and a microchip in his body. The judge told the jury that the trial will focus on Kachkar's mental state, and whether or not the police officer left to die after the collision was the result of an intentional move on Kachkar's part or just an accident. Witness testimony so far seems to indicate that Kachkar rammed the police officer with malicious intent.
"At that moment the plow is bearing down on the officer and I'm just holding my breath and hoping that this officer can get out of the way," said Vance Cooper, who was driving by at that moment. "(He's) driving straight, no steering, no braking, no apparent effort to change course."
Ryan Russell, the police officer left to die, has been fondly remembered by his friends, family and fellow officers as an ambitious, astute police officer who was often referred to as "the human filing cabinet" because of his efficiency in preparing cases for court.
"He was the happiest guy. He always had a smile on his face and positive words for everyone. He touched so many people," said Russell's longtime friend and fellow officer friend Const. Bob Alvey. "At the end of the day, if I'm half the officer he was, I'll be very fortunate."
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