In Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, 20 year old Casey Kressin died of an asthma attack after a police officer pulled over his girlfriend Leah Hryniewicki for running a red light when she was trying to get Casey to the emergency room. Leah immediately started yelling that Casey was having an asthma attack and needed medical attention.
The officer would not allow the couple to drive to the hospital, but did call paramedics. An ambulance arrived six minutes later and took Casey to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The couple was only three miles from the hospital when the officer pulled them over.
An autopsy was performed which Leah hopes will prove the cops could have done more instead of “making Casey sit out on the side of the road suffering an asthma attack… in the freezing cold.”
The Chippewa Falls Police Chief Wendy Stelter stood behind the police officer’s decision, saying “What the officer was thinking was that this man was sitting there and I am going to keep him calm until the ambulance arrives… The officer feels that he did what he should have done, and I support him in that.”
But Leah feels very differently. She lashed out at the Chippewa Falls Police Force in a recent Facebook post, writing “Those cop’s treated us horrible that night wanting to hold my car until I let them search my car before I could leave knowing I just lost the one person that completed my life and my family. They will go on in life but me and my daughter have to wake up to this nightmare everyday of our lives.”
The autopsy has been completed, but the results have yet to be released.