Victims speak out after crash with Fayetteville PD

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A Fayetteville police officer is deemed at fault for a head on collision that sent three people to the hospital.

We spoke with the Huntsville volunteer firefighter involved in the accident. He said he’s thankful the injuries from the crash weren’t life threatening.

Dean Hollowatch and his wife said the accident seemed to happen so fast and they had no idea how bad their injuries were in the moment. “We flashed them and I was just about to honk. As I hit my breaks and then I seen the police vehicle but it was just too late,” Holowatsch said. 

According to the crash report, the Fayetteville officer was found to be at fault for the accident for failure to yield. 

Holowatsch said, “It was just adrenaline obviously going and didn’t realize how much pain we were in until we got to the hospital and then things started hurting all over.”

Hollowatsch suffered a broken wrist, severe bruising and possibly a broken rib. According to the police report, the officer was trying to stop a car with no headlights on.

That officer failed to yield at the intersection of Mission and Crossover in Fayetteville causing herself minor injuries. Hollowatschs’ wife also had some minor bruising but the couple said they are just thankful the situation wasn’t worse. 

“We had just came from Dominos. I haven’t had Dominos in 10 years. I was really looking forward to eating a slice of pizza,” Holowatsch said. 

Fayetteville Police Department is not commenting on the accident at this time but according to the report the officer has not been suspended. 
 

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