Alpha Omega M.D. – Episode #173
…The Calhoun County Sheriff applies handcuffs to Willy, without bothering to find out who was driving….
Protocol for accident situations is in its infancy, but one commonality involves involving the law.
“How come you dint tell him I was doin’ the drivin’, Willy? I ain’t goin’ to let you take a fall for me.”
In the midst of noble intent, there comes a faint groan from the smashed auto, the first sign that it contains a driver. Willy leaps into action without hesitation, running to fetch a tire iron from its popped trunk.
“Get the bar from out the truck seat, quick like, I think we can free this door (grunting) pry on the bottom?”
“I think it’s workin’ Willy! Try a skinch lower–here she comes–pull with your hands.”
That last effort finally swings the blood stained driver side door open. The painful moans are coming from the female passenger, not the driver, witnessed by his crushed skull. Between them, they pull him out, carefully placing his lifeless body to the side of the road. They are even more careful with the woman, who is suffering from unknown injuries; Willy had learned triage during his stint rescuing hurricane victims.
Shortly after completing the extrication, the police sedan peels onto the scene, a Calhoun County insignia painted on the door, closely followed by the salesman, who was true to his word. The first thing they see is Willy looking inside the expensive auto.
“What do you think you are doing, boy?” The sheriff looks sideways at what he thinks are questionable motives.
“The lady over there is askin’ for her bag,” he explains.
“Are you sure you weren’t stealing it?” He is wary.
“Please take her to a doctor. She says she is with child.”
He applies handcuffs to Willy, without bothering to find out who was driving. “I hereby deputize you,” he pulls out a star from his pocket, handing it to the salesman. “Take both of them to the Calhoun County Jail. I’ll take care of Charlie’s girlfriend.”
“Willy wasn’t drivin’, sheriff!” Clete is distraught.
“Don’t be lying for that nigger, son. I have a witness who tells me different.”
“He was tryin’ to move the truck off the wreck. I got us in this mess, when…”
“I don’t want to hear it! Take both of them away.”