Gwinnett police officers save life of man after car pins him to wall at drive thru

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Some good news in what has been a not so good trend lately. The Gwinnett County Police Department reports that three officers came together Sunday evening to save the life of a 21-year-old who was pinned against the wall of a McDonald’s Drive-Thru. This happened in the Duluth area of Gwinnett County. The driver reportedly was pinned when his vehicle struck the side of the building.

“It is believed that the driver dropped his credit card and had leaned down to retrieve the item.  As his torso was leaning over, he pressed down on the gas pedal and his car accelerated forward. His upper torso became pinned between the door and the car as his vehicle struck the side of the building,” GCPD reported in a press release. “Lt. Barnhart was working a security job nearby and heard the dispatched call.  He arrived at the scene to find the driver still pinned. He used his ASP baton to break the passenger side window. He unlocked the door, opened it, and placed the vehicle in neutral. As he was doing this, Officer Shelton arrived and a bystander walked up.  Together, they pushed the vehicle backward freeing the driver. Officer Crown arrived as the car was being moved backward.”

GCPD report that as soon as the driver was pulled out,  the officers checked for a pulse. When none was found, the performed CPR until the driver began gasping for air. He did not respond to question, but paramedics then arrived and he was transported to the local hospital with serious injuries. The drier, Carlos Tuscano, 21, of Duluth was placed on a ventilator at this hospital and although his longer prognosis is not known at this time, GCPD reported that the last updated listed his condition as “stable.”

“The swift action of these officers probably meant the difference between a serious injury accident versus a traffic fatality,” GCPD reported.

 

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