A Gainesville Police vehicle struck a woman in a roadway when officers were responding to a domestic violence call Tuesday night, police said.
Vickie Barber, 57, of Gainesville, was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center with serious injuries, according to Georgia State Patrol, which is investigating the accident.
Police on Wednesday released the vehicle’s dash camera footage, which showed the woman being hit while crossing the road.
Gainesville Police said the incident happened around 9:15 p.m. June 18, when a woman “was in the roadway in the area of a domestic violence call when a responding Gainesville Police vehicle struck her.”
Gainesville Police dash cam footageWARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT. This dash cam footage released by the Gainesville Police Department shows the moment of impact when a pedestrian is struck by a police vehicle on Atlanta Highway on June 18, 2019.
The driver of the 2017 Ford Explorer police vehicle was Brittany Frantzreb. She was not injured.
Frantzreb was traveling south on Atlanta Highway/Ga. 13 at Lyman Street as Barber was trying to cross the road. Barber was charged with pedestrian under the influence and pedestrian not in a crosswalk while crossing the roadway, according to GSP.
At Tres Amigos Lavanderia on Atlanta Highway, Jose Morales said there is a need for crosswalks, as pedestrians cross both ways on the business highway.
“Some people cross in the middle of the roads,” he said.
Chief Jay Parrish said the officer had been with the department for 3.5 years and has been put on standard administrative leave.
Jerry Deyton, a pastor who also operates The Way center for the homeless in Gainesville, said he hadn’t seen Barber around for the past six or seven months. He recalled the woman as a good-hearted person who would help out.
“She just got caught up in that whole rat race of being homeless. The streets of Gainesville are just like a maze, and they just run them … It just pulls you in and won’t let you go,” Deyton said.