Helicopter Unable to Land for Emergency Airlift Because Man Refused to Move His Car

| by Lina Batarags

An attempt to rescue the victim of a serious car accident was hampered when a man allegedly refused to move his car and make room for a helicopter landing.

According to authorities in Volusia County in central Florida, 26-year-old Tessa George lost control over her vehicle on Thursday and struck a tree.

Deputies called for a helicopter to airlift George to a hospital and blocked off traffic for the helicopter landing.

As described in Deputy Steven Eisen’s report, James Allen, a 52-year-old physician’s assistant, drove his Toyota around the emergency vehicles for about 200 feet off the paved highway.

Deputies and emergency personnel ordered Allen to park his car out of the way of the helicopters three times; deputies said Allen refused to comply.

The report details that Allen then rolled into the open space that had been cleared for the helicopter’s landing; deputies said that he nearly struck Sheriff’s Sgt. Justin Sawicki as he passed through. Allen was in the helicopter’s landing zone with the helicopter itself just above, some 50 to 100 feet from the ground.

For fear of causing another accident, Sawicki then told the pilot to abort the landing.

As reported by the Daytona Beach News-Journal, Allen was charged with failure to obey police-fire department orders and with resisting an officer without violence.

Allen, who could not be reached for comment by the Associated Press, was released from a county jail on Friday on his own recognizance.

Daytona Beach News-Journal reports that George died at the scene.

Sources: The Huffington Post, Daytona Beach News-Journal

Photo Sources: The Huffington Post, Sourims