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Another cop incident to get angry about
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11/24/2007 02:31 AM
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It doesnt look like we can link to Liveleak or embed like the others but go look at that just leaked video about the cop hitting the woman on the highway, it's pretty freaky.
Here's the story that was dug up...
Motorist is killed while lending aid
Loved ones aren't surprised that the Keller mom
stopped to help victims in collision
By Kelly Melhart, Mike Lee and Khalil Abdullah
Star-Telegram staff writer
Leesa Sheffield always tried to help others, so
when she saw a traffic accident late Monday night,
friends believe that she did not hesitate. She
rushed to the side of an injured woman, comforted
her until help arrived, then headed back across
the highway to the car where her 7-year-old son
She probably never saw the police cruiser coming.
As Sheffield crossed U.S. 377, she was struck by a
Trophy Club/Westlake Department of Public Safety
car and was thrown about 100 feet.
The single mother died at the scene. She was 32.
"It was a very hard impact," said Fionna
Johnson, the woman who had been injured in the
two-vehicle collision at Keller-Haslet Road and
U.S. 377 (Denton Highway). "... I didn't know
who she was, but I know that if she hadn't stopped
to help me, she wouldn't be dead. I also know if
she hadn't stopped, I might be dead. I don't know
where the justice is."
Family members believe that Sheffield's son,
Jacob, saw the accident. He was not found until 45
minutes after his mother had been hit, said Judy
Tidwell, Sheffield's former mother-in-law and a
He was asleep in the back seat when found, curled
in the fetal position, Tidwell said.
Jacob is with his father at Tidwell's home in
"He seems to be doing OK," she said.
"He's making some comments: 'I have no mother
anymore.' He misses her. He is drawing some sad
faces and stuff."
Family members and friends said Jacob and his
mother were inseparable.
"I believe that they were both each other's
world," said Charlotte Woodward, a
second-grade teacher at Keller-Harvel Elementary
School, where Jacob attends second grade. "He
probably found his place with her, and her with
him. This is just very sad."
Each person who recalled Sheffield on Tuesday
mentioned her generous nature and how she went out
of her way to help others.
Monday night, Sheffield had picked up Tidwell's
teen-age daughter from dance class and taken her
Sheffield stayed later than she had planned to
give Tidwell's daughter a haircut.
"That's what she was doing last night, she
was doing something for me," Tidwell said
On her way back to her home in Keller, Sheffield
stopped at her best friend's apartment to drop off
"I was in a rotten mood, and chocolate helps
everything, right?" Shannon Kirk said.
"I didn't know she was coming by."
Minutes later, Sheffield drove by the two-vehicle
collision on U.S. 377.
"She was always helping somebody," Kirk
said. "She didn't have to know them to do
Sheffield was hit by a car driven by officer D.S.
Layton of the Trophy Club/Westlake Department of
Public Safety, state trooper Craig Bickers said.
Layton was using his emergency lights and sirens
as he responded to the collision, Bickers said.
There are no street lights in that area of the
two-lane highway, and witnesses said that the
officer probably did not see Sheffield until he
The patrol car's windshield, hood and front bumper
were damaged. Layton was uninjured.
Bickers said he is reviewing audiotapes and
videotapes from the officer's car and is trying to
determine the police cruiser's speed from evidence
at the scene.
Layton, who has been placed on routine
administrative leave while the accident is being
investigated, is upset about Sheffield's death and
did not give a statement Tuesday, officials said.
Bickers said he expects to interview Layton within
a few days.
Layton has been employed at the Trophy
Club/Westlake DPS for four months after working as
a Lake Worth police officer for about two years,
said Amy Hughes, a DPS spokeswoman.
The initial accident occurred when Johnson,
driving a Buick Century, slowed on northbound U.S.
377 to turn left on Keller-Haslet Road, police
said. Her car was struck from behind by a pickup
driven by Cody Bybee, 17, police said.
Johnson's car came to rest sideways in the middle
of the road, police said. Bybee's truck ended up
on the right shoulder, police said.
Johnson, 31, had glass in her eye and was taken to
a Grapevine hospital, where she was treated and
released, officials said.
Lt. Tommy Williams, a Keller Police Department
spokesman, said a case will not be pursued against
Sheffield had rescheduled her life around her son
and was going back to school to become a better
provider, Tidwell said.
She took Jacob with her when she worked as a hair
stylist at The Hairshow in Keller. She took him to
the park and taught him the names of the animals.
They often fed the ducks.
Sheffield recently stopped working at The Hairshow
but frequently returned to visit. She was there
"She was a very caring person," stylist
Karen Chatham said. "Leesa loved that little
boy more than anything. Her whole life was
centered around him."
On Tuesday, counselors helped staff members and
students at Keller-Harvel Elementary deal with
Teachers read a statement and discussed the
accident with their students at the start of
classes. A letter was sent home with students to
inform parents, campus counselor Barbara Yeargin
Students made cards and wrote letters of support
for Jacob, and by the end of the day they had
begun to pile up on his desk, Yeargin said.
"We're always sad when something like this
happens," she said.
There will be a memorial for Sheffield at 7 p.m.
Friday at Up 'N Smoke BBQ House in Keller. Funeral
arrangements are pending.
The cop driving was responding to a traffic incident, go look at that video and tell me if the speed he was travelling was appropriate.
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