New Rochelle, NY – A passing motorist ripped the door off of a New York State Police (NYSP) trooper’s patrol car earlier this month and almost killed the trooper who was was preparing to step out of his vehicle during a traffic stop (video below).
The incident occurred on Interstate 95 in New Rochelle at approximately 11:30 a.m. on April 2, the NYSP said in a video briefing on Wednesday.
Bodycam footage showed Trooper Robert Schaeffer as he opened the driver’s door of his patrol vehicle and placed one foot out onto the ground.
Just then, another driver traveling just inches away slammed into the trooper’s open door, ripping it off its hinges, the video showed.
Trooper Schaeffer suffered minor injuries during the incident, according to the NYSP.
Had he exited the car just a fraction of a second later, he likely would have taken a direct hit from the passing car, the video showed.
Trooper Schaeffer was transported to a local hospital for treatment after the collision.
Details regarding the nature of his injuries were not released.
“Thankfully, he survived. However, that is not always the case,” the NYSP said. “This is why you move over!”
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 114 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty between 2011 and 2011 due to being hit by a vehicle, the agency noted.
“Please obey the law and move over! Doing so can save a life, including yours,” the NYSP said.
The identity of the driver who crashed into Trooper Schaeffer’s patrol car door was not immediately released.
It is unclear whether any charges were filed in connection with the incident.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below:
This is why you move over! During a recent traffic stop on I-95 in New Rochelle, Trooper Robert Schaeffer was exiting his patrol vehicle when a passing motorist failed to move over & took the door off his vehicle. Trooper Schaeffer suffered minor injuries & thankfully survived. pic.twitter.com/paHCvaThuI
— NewYorkStatePolice (@nyspolice) April 5, 2023