Anderson mother wants officer fired for his handling of her son's accident

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Anderson Mother Seeks Justice in Son's Death
Woman seeks justice in son's death

ANDERSON, Ind. (WTHR) - An Anderson mother is outraged over the emergency response to a crash that killed her son.

Newly released police radio traffic has landed one of the responding officers in trouble.

The victim's mother says that's not nearly enough and she's sharing her new mission to make sure this never happens again.

The story starts at the corner of 25th & Raible Avenue in Anderson at 6:24 a.m. on July 23.

Police say the motorcycle Chase Kumkoski was riding ran the light and crashed.

"There is a motorcycle crash...the man is on fire. They are trying to put him out. Both units be en route to 25th and Raible. Two-five and Raible for a serious PI motorcycle accident. The subject on the bike is on fire. We are starting fire units," the 911 operator announced. "10-4, I'm clear. It will be a minute before I'm en route," Ofc. Mark Dawson responded.

Dawson, according to the Anderson Herald Bulletin which broke the story, was riding with another officer when the call came in and had to be taken to his cruiser.

"They had the option to go straight to the scene to help my son. They chose not to. They did not help my son. He laid there, he was burning. Every call said he was on fire, but they needed to wait a minute before he responded," Neff told Eyewitness News.

She said Anderson Police Chief Tony Watters, who declined to talk to Eyewitness News about the matter, wrote up the officer.

"It's not acceptable to me that he just got a write-up. It took five minutes before a first responder got there and eight minutes before the policeman who was supposed to be on the beat got there. My son didn't matter. He didn't matter," she said with tears welling up in her eyes. "I have contacted an attorney and I am going after this man's job. Absolutely I am. I know his wrongdoings and he paid for those, but these people need to pay for theirs as well and I will make sure of it."

Chief Watters declined to talk to Eyewitness News, but he did tell the Anderson Herald Bulletin, "This was a horrific accident. I don't know if there are any words that can actually explain and give explanation enough to that family for this incident. We accept responsibility and we have taken preventative measures to make sure it doesn't happen again."

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