In St. Louis County, Joseph L. Haring was hit by an ambulance while walking on I-44 at I-270, whom also believed by authorities, is a person-of-interest in a Fenton bank robbery at Reliance Bank.
On August 31, 2012 at approximately 7:25 a.m., Tammy Hackworth, age 29 and from St. Louis, Missouri was operating a 2004 Ford Abbott County ambulance and traveling eastbound on Interstate 44 at Interstate 270. The pedestrian, Joseph Haring, age 27 and from Fenton, Missouri was walking along Interstate 44 on the inside shoulder.
At that said time and place, Tammy Hackworth was in the eastbound direction on I-44 at I-270 in the left lane. Joseph Haring was walking westbound on the left shoulder of eastbound I-44, near the median barrier, as he walked from the inside shoulder into the roadway and then into the direct path of the Abbott County ambulance. Tammy Hackworth swerved to the right, attempting to avoid hitting the pedestrian, but the left side of the ambulance collided with Joseph Haring.
Tammy Hackworth received minor injuries due to the collision and was transported to Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur by Abbott County ambulance. Joseph Haring sustained serious injuries and still remains in critical condition. Joseph was transported to Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur by Abbott County ambulance.
Sergeant Al Nothum with the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the St. Louis Police department confirm that they were searching for Joseph Haring to question him in relation to the Reliance Bank robbery that occurred on Wednesday, August 29th. Police said the robber demanded money and fled in a stolen Honda Ridgeline. No weapons were used during the robbery and no one was reported injured. On Thursday, August 30th, a stolen silver 2006 Honda Ridgeline SUV used in the bank heist was found and recovered near Hampton Avenue and Chippewa Street, in south St. Louis, by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.
Officer Rick Eckhard of the St. Louis Police department said detectives went to Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur to interview Haring. Police have sought charges against Haring in the bank robbery of Reliance Bank but the request is under advisement.
This pedestrian collision was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and with the assistance of troop C and the St. Louis and Metropolitan Police department.
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