VIDEO: Sheriff’s deputy hit by car

RAVENNA, Mich. (WOOD) — A Muskegon County sheriff’s deputy who was hit by a car during a whiteout Friday remained hospitalized Monday.

Snow was blowing so hard Friday that drivers on Moorland Road near Ravenna couldn’t see. They slid off or just stopped. Deputies were trying to help them get to safety.

One sheriff’s department SUV was hit head-on by a truck. Sgt. Todd Dunham, who was behind the wheel, was not seriously hurt.

Muskegon County sheriff's department SUV crash 022114Another deputy was not so lucky when he was struck along the same stretch of road. A dash cam was rolling as the whiteout continued and Deputy Joe Gabriel was hit as he worked outside his cruiser.

The video doesn’t show the collision, but it does show other rescue workers coming to Gabriel’s aid. They can be heard trying to comfort and treat him as he lay in pain in the snow.

“Joe, can you do me a favor? Can you move your feet?” one first responder can be heard asking. “Don’t lift your leg up. Try to move your feet up and down. … You can’t move at all?”

Gabriel was still in the hospital Monday, where commanders checked with him and he OK’d releasing the dash cam video to 24 Hour News 8.

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