A disturbing story about a family getting pulled over by a police officer as they are on their way to the hospital to be with a relative that was on her death bed.
Ryan Moates who plays for the Houston Texans and his family had a traumatic experience on March 17.
Moats’ mother-in-law, Jonetta Collinsworth, was struggling at 45 with breast cancer that had spread throughout her body. Family members rushed to her bedside from as far away as California.
On March 17, the night of their incident with Powell, the Moatses had gone to their Frisco home to get some rest. Around midnight, they received word that they needed to hurry back to the hospital if they wanted to see Collinsworth before she died.
The couple, along with Collinsworth’s father and an aunt, jumped into the SUV and headed back toward Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano. They exited the Dallas North Tollway at Preston Road, just down the street from the hospital.
Moats turned on his hazard lights. He stopped at a red light, where, he said, the only nearby motorist signaled for him to go ahead. He went through.
Powell, watching traffic from a hidden spot, flipped on his lights and sirens. In less than a minute, he caught up to the SUV and followed for about 20 more seconds as Moats found a parking spot outside the emergency room.
Moats’ wife, 27-year-old Tamishia, was the first out. Powell yelled at her to get back in.
“Get in there!” he yelled. “Let me see your hands!”
“My mom is dying,” she explained.
Powell was undeterred.
“I saw in his eyes that he really did not care,” Tamishia Moats said Wednesday.
Maybe one day, we can all be a little more helpful in these kinds of situations.