Shocking moment trooper is forced to LEAP up a wall to avoid being crushed by car spinning out of control as teen driver went too fast on wet highway
- Trooper Jeremy Medastin’s dashcam shows him jump a wall on I-95 Monday 6pm
- Florida Highway Patrol man was heading to a car after earlier three-vehicle crash
- He ran back as he saw 18-year-old Ian Carr’s Prius hydroplane and crash into car
- Medastin’s feet and legs were hit as he clung onto wall in Bayton Beach
- The Prius hit the wall twice before stopping and two colleagues rushed to help
- Medastin waited for EMS workers, went to hospital and was released same night
- No bones were broken and he’s expected to return to roads in a few weeks
- Carr was cited for driving too fast in the rain and FHP said his tires were worn
A Florida Highway Patrol trooper was forced to leap onto a wall to escape serious injury as he saw a car spinning out of control in his direction while he responded to an earlier accident.
Video from the incident that took place around 6pm south of Woolbright Road records the moment a 2011 Toyota Prius belonging to a driver – identified as 18-year-old Ian Carr of Boca Raton – hydroplanes on the wet interstate road.
The motor flies out of control from the right lane after hitting the front of a Nissan Sentra with its rear bumper then spins counter clockwise and enters the left lane where Trooper Jeremy Medastin had been working on a three-vehicle crash on the I-95 in Bayton Beach.
Trooper Jeremy Medastin’s dashcam shows him jump a wall on the I-95 in Bayton Beach, Florida Monday 6pm
Dashcam footage shows Medastin heading back to his vehicle to fill out paperwork wearing a yellow visibility jacket when he suddenly stops in his tracks and realizes the only way is up.
The front of the Prius hits the wall then bounces back and the back slams into the wall too.
But he doesn’t get very far up the barrier wall and the car rams into his legs before stopping while facing southwest.
Florida Highway Patrol man Medastin has been in his role for less than a year
‘Fortunately, our trooper was able to see the car that was heading for him and he jumped up on the wall. He was able to do this and avoid a serious catastrophe,’ FHP Lieutenant Alvaro Feola said.
‘Obviously, with our men and women in law enforcement this shows how quickly things can happen. Every day our men and women are out there protecting and saving lives and things happen quickly. Fortunately, our trooper is okay.’
Medastin is unable to move after the painful hit and holds on to the wall until EMS arrives.
Despite other team members rushing over to check on him, he appears to send them away and they are seen attempting to secure the area to minimize the chances of another collision.
The clips shows a pair of responders helping him up on his feet and carrying back to his patrol car while supporting him on either side. He was taken to Delray Medical Center but released the same night and said to be in good spirits.
Medastin’s ankles were injured but is otherwise okay after the incident. The state trooper of less than a year has no broken bones.
They think he’ll be back on the road in a few weeks.
Florida Highway Patrol man was heading to his car after an earlier three-vehicle crash
But he is seen running back as he spots 18-year-old Ian Carr’s 2011 Prius hydroplane and crash into another car
He then leaps up a wall and stays clinging to it after the car rams into him because it was driving too fast while trying to merge into traffic
Teen driver Carr was cited for ‘accelerating attempting to merge with traffic’ in the rainy conditions. FHP noted that his tires were ‘worn to the wear bars’.
The condition of the tires indicated that they were ‘in need of replacement but not worn to the extent that it warranted a citation for the issue’.
‘This shows you how dangerous our job is,’ Feola said. ‘Luckily he was able to jump and avoid more serious injuries.’
Feola urged people to ‘drive responsibly’.
He warned: ‘When the roads are wet, reduce your speed, increase following distance and ensure that your tires are in good shape.’
The Prius hit the wall twice; once from the front as it slammed the trooper’s legs and again at the rear
Two helpers rushed over but Medastin couldn’t move and held himself up until EMS arrived
No bones were broken and he’s expected to return to the roads in just a few weeks