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Man dies from asthma attack after police stop his car for speeding to the hospital

By Mason White 11:49 AM December 5, 2014
Casey Kressin with his girlfriend and daughter 

By: Feng Qian
(Scroll down for video) A man died in front of his girlfriend and daughter after an officer stopped the car he was riding in, and refused to allow him to continue to the hospital.

29-year-old Casey Kressin of Wisconsin, was being rushed to the hospital while he was having an asthma attack.

His girlfriend, Leah Hryniewicki, who was driving the car, was speeding in order to get to the hospital faster.

Chippewa Falls Police Chief Wendy Stelter said that an officer pulled over the car, which was driven by Hryniewicki, because she ran a red light while she was rushing to the hospital.

When the officer made the traffic stop, the adult female driver and her male passenger got out of the car to tell the officer that it was an emergency, Stelter said.

“They shouted to the officer that the man was having an asthma attack and needed to get to the emergency room,” Stelter added.

Sadly, their daughter was in the car and witnessed the entire incident. The officer refused to allow the couple to continue on their way, saying that Hryniewicki was too distraught to drive with their daughter in the car.

The man knelt on the floor near the rear of the vehicle and said he needed his inhaler. The officer acknowledged that it was a medical emergency and immediately notified the Emergency Dispatch Center of Chippewa County, and requested EMS to respond.

According to Stelter, EMS arrived about six minutes later at 2:12 a.m. Kressin was only three miles from the hospital when the officer called an ambulance.

However, according to his girlfriend, the time lapse and the fact that he was sitting out in the cold, caused his lungs to collapse. When EMS arrived, the man was unresponsive and was pronounced dead after arriving at St. Joseph Hospital.

The police chief said it was “sad” that someone lost his life, but that the officer followed protocols. May he rest in peace.