Man hit, dragged by pickup speaks out

7:13 PM, Feb 19, 2012   |    comments
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"It's a fact - my neck is broken," said 20-year-old Sweaney from his hospital room Sunday.

"It's horrible," he added.

It all happened just after midnight Saturday on Harlan Way near West 77th Drive in Westminster. Three people, including Sweaney, were walking from a get-together, when police say a pickup came around the corner and almost hit Sweaney.

Sweaney, who says he was upset by the close call, hit the side of the truck with his hand. He says the truck came back around and Sweaney went up to the driver to apologize.

"I was apologizing to him, like a man," said Sweaney.

But the driver grabbed him by Sweaney's jersey and started driving, according to Benjamin Smith, a friend who was with Sweaney at the time.

The driver, according to Smith, was driving 30 miles per hour with Sweaney partly inside the driver's window, until the jersey wouldn't hold and Sweaney fell away.

"They could have killed him, I'm very thankful to the Lord that he's alive," said Kimberly Matteo, Sweaney's grandmother.

Police are looking for the driver, who was reportedly driving a new silver Chevy or GMC, and drove off after the incident. Other descriptions include the man being Caucasian and more than six feet tall, wearing a blue "Volcom" hat and having a small goatee.
The problem for police is that they've only spoken to one witness because none of the other witnesses early Saturday morning were cooperative. Police encourage those with knowledge of the case to come forward, either through Crime Stoppers or by contacting Westminster Police.


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