This is the moment a Florida police officer was left seriously injured after being struck down in a hit-and-run – only for his teenage daughter to pull over to help and discover the victim was her father.
Sergeant Kerstan Tatro, of Gulf Breeze Police Department, was captured on video pulling over Amy Giorgio, 30, after allegedly spotting her speeding near the south end of the Pensacola Bay Bridge.
But as he leaned through the window to speak to her, she suddenly restarted her car engine and accelerated, dragging him along the road, footage shows. He was then thrown off the vehicle.
While Giorgio reportedly sped off, Mr Tatro’s 16-year-old daughter Faith – who happened to be driving by at the time after visiting Cordova Mall – stopped to help the fallen officer.
However, as she approached him, she realized it was her father and shouted: ‘Daddy, are you ok?’.
Speaking to the Pensacola News Journal, Faith said: ‘I didn’t know what happened. I saw the other car speed off and him on the ground. When I saw him, I freaked out, and I just started crying.’
Her father, who suffered a serious arm injury and a wounded foot, added: ‘She was screaming, ‘My dad, that’s my dad”… This was killing her and she shouldn’t have had to witness that.’