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December 14, 2014

Video: Man being rushed to hospital stopped for speeding

By Chris Vetter

CHIPPEWA FALLS — The Chippewa Falls Po­lice Depart­ment re­leased video footage Wed­nes­day of a Nov. 30 traf­fic stop that ended in the death of 29-year-old Casey E. Kressin from an ap­par­ent asthma at­tack.

A Chippewa Falls po­lice of­fi­cer saw a ve­hi­cle speed­ing and fail­ing to stop at a traf­fic light at High­way 124 and Wood­ward Av­enue. He pulled the ve­hi­cle over at 2:05 a.m. on High­way 29 at Chippewa Cross­ing Boule­vard — three miles from HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospi­tal in Chippewa Falls.

In the footage, both the fe­male driver and Kressin, the pas­sen­ger, im­me­di­ately get out of the ve­hi­cle, as the of­fi­cer ap­proaches the car. Kressin vis­i­bly drops down and sits in the snow­bank on the side of the road. The woman be­gan cry­ing im­me­di­ately as she ex­plained the sit­u­a­tion that Kressin was suf­fer­ing from an asthma at­tack.

“He can’t breathe,” the woman told the of­fi­cer. “He’s go­ing to die.”

The woman said she was headed to the hos­pi­tal and would have made it there if she hadn’t stopped.

The of­fi­cer asked for both of their names and called for an am­bu­lance. He asked them to re­lax. It ap­pears that Kressin is still con­scious dur­ing the dis­cus­sion.

The woman be­came more up­set, won­der­ing where Kressin’s in­haler went.

“He’s go­ing to die from this,” she said. “Can’t we just bring him? I saw you, and I knew I was speed­ing, but I need to get him there. This isn’t funny — you need to get some­one here.”

Two ad­di­tional of­fi­cers also ar­rived at the scene, then an am­bu­lance ar­rived at 2:12 a.m. and trans­ported Kressin from the scene.

Kressin be­came un­re­spon­sive and later was pro­nounced dead at the hospi­tal.

No foul play is sus­pected.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service
©2014 the Leader-Telegram (Eau Claire, Wis.)