Teen's boyfriend talks about seeing her hit by car
GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCIV) -- Police say a 14-year-old girl was hit by the car of an intoxicated off-duty firefighter. Now the girl's boyfriend is describing the terrifying accident.
According to Goose Creek police, off-duty Joint Base Charleston civilian firefighter Robert Semashko drove into the 14-year-old girl Sunday afternoon.
He faces felony DUI and hit-and-run charges.
On Wednesday, neighbors -- and the girl's boyfriend -- are still having trouble believing what happened in their quiet suburb.
"I kind of just looked up and I heard a thud, and I asked if anybody got hit. And one of the girls said yeah, and they were kind of screaming and crying and stuff," said Jacob Colyer.
Colyer says he will never forget what happened Sunday night. He, his cousin, and a friend were walking along the road when a car hit Ariana Arzon, Colyer's girlfriend.
"I looked up and I just seen Ariana flying in the ditch and the car kind of speeding off. I turned around and hollered for it to stop, but it didn't stop," Colyer said. "So I took off running after it."
Colyer says he and a friend ran to Ricky Court and found the car parked outside one of the homes on the cul-de-sac. That's when he called police.
"I was just kind of shocked because we were just walking along a got hit. I can't believe they didn't stop when they hit her, and they just kept on going," Colyer said.
Dash cam video from the Goose Creek police car shows Donna Semashko, Mr. Semashko's wife, being arrested for obstruction of justice. She initially said she was the one behind the wheel.
Mr. Semashko was charged with a pair of crimes as well. But Colyer was surprised to learn that a firefighter was allegedly involved in the accident.
"Firefighters are supposed to do the right things and help people, you know, not putting bad influences on DUIs and hit-and-run, and stuff like that," he said.
One of the Semashkos'; neighbors said he has known the couple for a long time and he knows them to be "good people."
As for Joint Base Charleston, officials there released a statement saying that Semashko is a civilian employee, which means he is not subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
Base officials said they would wait until they have all the facts in the case before determining what actions they will take against Semashko.