MACOMB COUNTY, MI – Another emotional blow hit the local authorities as Michigan state trooper got heavily injured in a road rage incident Friday while riding his duty motorcycle to the funeral of a fellow officer.
1)Tpr Ali Hammoud is a four year veteran of MSP and assigned to the Special Enforcement Section Motor Unit. He is in serious condition. pic.twitter.com/ach7j4xhvX
— MSP Metro Detroit (@mspmetrodet) September 23, 2016
The accident was allegedly caused by a man driving a blue GMC pickup, impatient of the speed of the Malibu in front of him. As a result, he passed the car, repositioned himself in front, and then hit the brakes according to Lt. Michael Shaw with Michigan State Police.
The Malibu driver, trying not to hit the pickup truck, veered into the center lanes and hit Hammoud.
Shaw said the driver of the GMC pickup fled the scene, but “the Malibu driver did stop and has been very helpful.”
Hammoud was taken to St. John Hospital where he is in serious condition. “He’s still being evaluated,” Shaw said Friday afternoon. “He’s a good deal of pain, but he’s in good spirits.”
Lt. Shaw described Hammoud’s ordeal this way: “He’s got some pretty serious injuries, so we’re asking for some prayers for him. He has a lot of road-rash, a lot of scraping to his shoulder and back. His helmet took a lot of the impact when he went down, so we’re a little worried about some head trauma, some concussion.”
Hammoud was on his way to the funeral in St. Clair Shores for Detroit Police Sgt. Kenneth Steil when the accident took place. Steil was shot in the shoulder while chasing a suspect last week and died unexpectedly from a blood clot.
Lt. Shaw and other officers left the church to respond to the accident.
Authorities are praying for Trooper Ali Hammoud’s recovery and are on the lookout for the blue GMC pickup truck driver.
“We’re still looking for him, but we’ll find him,” said Shaw. “We’d rather have him turn himself in and tell us exactly his side of the story. … We don’t have a plate but we do have cameras on the freeways and we’re working on doing something with those cameras to see if we can zoom in on that particular vehicle.”
“Unfortunately this is the thing that we see all the time. People just don’t have the patience to drive on the roads sometimes and make some very poor decisions,” he said. “These vehicles are weapons. I mean, they’re 4,000-pound weapons that can just kill somebody at a spur of the moment if you’re not doing what you’re supposed to be doing.”
Photo Michigan State Police