Sam Maynard recently moved to San Francisco to begin a summer software internship at a major company and enjoy time with his friends.
However, the 19-year-old’s summer plans came to halt when he woke up lying in a hospital bed with no recollection of why he was there.
Last Tuesday, Maynard and two of his friends were walking back to their apartment at the South of Market neighborhood when a blue BMW fleeing police struck the male victim at around 10:30 p.m.
The incident occurred while the new intern was crossing Eighth Street on Mission Street.
The driver of the blue BMW was an unidentified burglary suspect who failed to stop when police officers tried to pull the car over. The pursuit began only a block away from where the victim was struck.
Police officials claim in situations, pedestrians that are struck usually don’t survive.
Although Maynard suffered brain injuries, a broken shoulder, ruptured spleen, several broken teeth, and cuts and scrapes all over his body, he is lucky to be alive and remains a positive attitude.
The only thing the male victim is concerned about are losing several teeth, but he is determined to finish his summer internship.
The burglary suspect was never caught by police.
There have been discussions and state senate bills created in regards to high-speed pursuits in crowded cities such as San Francisco.
San Francisco has regulations on whether a police pursuit should ensue if the criminal is deemed violent or nonviolent. Since the city is so crowded, having a pursuit creates great danger for innocent drivers and pedestrian who get caught in the middle of a high-speed chase.
The number of innocent deaths caused by pursuits are alarming and continue to increase.
Unfortunately, each pursuit cannot be predicted, which creates a difficult to decision for police officers to chase after the criminal or not in the moment. If they believe the criminal to be violent, authorities will aggressively chase after them, since they pose a threat.
However, there has not an official regulation set on whether police pursuits should be completely banned or not.