MURFREESORO, Tenn. - Surveillance video of a pedestrian hit and run caught by red light cameras is so dramatic and captured at so many different angles that Murfreesboro police are now using it to train officers.
NewsChannel 5 obtained an exclusive copy of the video from a collision last fall at one of the city's busiest intersections. It shows two pedestrians walking right into the flow of traffic with no consideration for the oncoming cars.
"They put themselves in a very dangerous situation," said Kyle Evans with Murfreesboro Police.
Evans said pedestrians need to see this video and learn that it's never safe to assume cars will see you.
One pedestrian was hit so hard by a car that his shoes actually fly off his feet. Amazingly he was later treated at the hospital and released with only bumps and bruises. The driver who left the scene was later arrested for hit-and-run.
The video of the incident was captured by four different cameras and was used in evidence against the driver. It's so rare to catch a collision like this one that police now want to use it for training.
"When you have a video like this it's priceless," said Kyle Evans with the Murfreesboro Police Dept.
Evans pointed to a recent rash of hit and run cases throughout middle Tennessee where pedestrians have been severely injured. For that reason, his department holds special training using dummies in real life situations to help teach investigators.
The new surveillance video is so valuable because it shows exactly what happens in such a situation -- the very type of situation police are training to handle.
"The nature of these collisions are extremely violent," said Evans who added that studying them helps police better determine who is to blame and how exactly the collision occurred.