Driver flees from chain-reaction Glendale crash

Posted at 8:34 PM, May 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-22 14:56:10-04

A driver is in police custody after fleeing a chain-reaction crash that left several people hurt, according to the Glendale Police Department.

Officials said the driver of a Ford F-150 pickup truck may have been impaired when he ran a red light near 55th Avenue and Peoria, causing a four-vehicle crash, shortly before 7 p.m.

Three people, including a motorcyclist, were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

"I've never seen a man fly off a bike," said Michael Abretske, a driver who witnessed the accident.

He said he saw it all happen through his rear view mirror. Thankfully, he was not in the way of the pickup truck driver.

"I saw this Silver Ford come barreling down in my rear view mirror, not even slowing down. Either he was asleep or something, daydreaming. I yelled, ‘Oh my God.’ Everyone in the car turned around started screaming," Abretske said.

Abretske ran to the aid of the motorcyclist whose arm was pinned underneath his bike. With the help of others at the scene, they were able to lift the bike off the man. While doing that Abretske said he noticed the driver of the pickup truck get out of the vehicle with his hands rubbing his head, and that he seemed disoriented and sat back down for a few minutes, then got up and started walking away from the scene.

“As he's wandering down the road, I had my eye on him and started to think he's not coming back. So, I started following him, as he gets to the corner he takes off his sandals and starts boogying down Becker over there," Abretske said.

Abretske followed the man for a short distance, then asked a utility truck driver to help him keep an eye on the guy. An off-duty police officer was also there and helped keep an eye on things.

Police said they stopped the driver down the street from the crash. Possible charges have not been released.