Sources released a bizarre 911 call in which the operator tells a distraught teenage girl on the line to “stop whining” while her father lay dying on the side of the road. Just moments before, the girl’s father was fatally struck by a car as he changed a flat tire, according to NBC reports.
The incident happened on the Baltimore Washington Parkway in Maryland. Rick Warrick, 38, and his fiancée Julia Pearce, 28, were standing on the shoulder of the road while changing the tire when both were struck by an unknown hit-and-run driver.
Both of Warrick’s teenage children were in the car at the time. His daughter frantically called 911 for help, giving the operator their location and begging him to hurry.
As she attempted to explain that two people were injured the operator interrupts her and tells her repeatedly to stop whining.
“OK, let’s stop whining. OK, let’s stop whining. It’s hard to understand you,” he said, before asking if there is someone else to hand the phone to.
Russ Davis, a representative from the Anne Arundel County Fire Department said in a statement that the operator used poor judgment in word choice.
“However, what he was attempting to do was to get her attention, to start ascertaining information from her. It was pretty clear at that point they didn’t know where they were. There could be a better choice of words.”
Davis also said that the operator was reassigned to a different position where he wouldn’t interact with the public.
Warrick died at the scene, and Pearce was taken to the hospital with multiple injuries and fractured bones.