Oh, I caught you off guard didn’t I?

For you new people, this is a situation I completely made up.  This did not happen.  Today I give you a situation, on Monday we discuss what I would have done.  Now that that is out of the way, let us begin the call.


You are dispatched to a reported motor vehicle versus pedestrian incident at an intersection well known for trouble.  You and your EMT partner arrive on scene before anyone else to find a car stopped BEFORE the crosswalk and a woman and a toddler nearby on the sidewalk.

As you approach the child, later you discover he is 2, he begins to do the usual “I’m afraid of the new people” dance behind mom’s legs.  He does it steadily, never off balance and if he’s hurt he isn’t showing it.

Mom is giving you the same impressions as you complete your primary assessment, finding nothing of note, except she does not speak English.  They’re from out of town but your partner speaks their native language, but the kiddo seems uninterested in answering questions.

No trauma, no pain, no complaint.  All she wants is the police to come and cite the driver.


A BLS crew arrives as you begin to head for the driver, just to be sure, when they wave you off.  They’re a strong crew and you trust their judgment.

That’s why you believe them when they tell you what the driver tells them:

“I came around the corner and the lady was in the street already.  I couldn’t have been doing much more than 10, when I hit her, she was carrying the kid and she flopped onto the hood.  Well, onto the kid on the hood at least.  They seemed fine, the kid didn’t cry or anything, but they hit the ground and got up no problem.  I backed up just to make sure they were OK.”

Per your own protocols and policies in your area, what do you do next?

You make the call.

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