Part 1: 911 tape of Troy man dragged, driven in truck
Updated: Friday, August 2 2013, 09:24 PM EDT
TROY -- Officials are investigating a dispute that led to a man being dragged by a pick-up truck while frantically calling 911.
According to Captain John Cooney, dispatch received a call at 5:30 p.m. Sunday evening near the Congress Street Stewart's Shop in Troy. The caller, a Robert Kowalik, was reporting a dispute with another male at that location. Kowalik then hung up, and the cause of the dispute was not revealed to dispatchers.
Within minutes, dispatch received a second call from Kowalik claiming that he was being dragged through the city by a pickup truck. The truck was being driven by Seth Scudds, a man Kowalik was familiar with.
He remained on the line throughout the event, reporting being dragged up Congress Street, north on 8th Street, east on Peoples Avenue through the RPI Fieldhouse complex onto Sunset Terrace.
The trip continued north onto Tibbits Ave, to South Lake Ave and onto Hoosick. The truck continued east on Hoosick to the Brunswick Walmart.
During that travel, the caller maintained that he was being dragged by the truck and was subject to injuries during the event. The caller then advised dispatch that he was able to free himself from the truck and that the driver had fled.
Troy Police and EMS arrived at the Walmart to find the injured party with lacerations, scrapes and evidence of his legs being run over.
The subject was transported to Albany Med where his condition is unknown. His injuries are believed to be non-life threatening.
Accident investigators have been called in and an investigation is in progress.
The driver of the truck, Seth Scudds has been located, and the vehicle found at his residence in Raymertown. The truck has been secured as evidence -- the owner is being interviewed as are witnesses.
Investigators are working to determine the nature of the original dispute which led to the event.
They are also working to gauge culpability on the part of all parties involved, including whether Kowalik's contact with the vehicle was incidental or self-initiated has yet to be determined. There have been no arrests at this time.