The victim in the crash involving the on-duty police officer says he’s still in pain but is doing better.
“I don’t know what will happen down the road,” Carl Montao said.
He suffered injuries to his neck, back and right side of the ribs.
Las Vegas police Officer Shawn Montoya was cited for failing to obey a stop sign while responding to an emergency Saturday morning. He struck the 1991 Buick Regal driven by Montao at Eighth Street and Lincoln Avenue.
Both men were treated at the local hospital and later released.
Montao said he was driving from Charlie’s Spic & Span, where he had breakfast.
“The last thing I remembered was going down Lincoln. The next thing I remembered was waking up in the hospital,” he said.
When asked if he would file a lawsuit against the city, Montao said he couldn’t comment.
Montoya said Tuesday he wanted to stress that what he received was a warning citation. He said he was in better spirits and was improving. State police said he suffered leg, back and neck injuries, but nothing was visible.
State police Lt. Craig Martin said a warning is still a citation; it’s an admission of fault but involves no fines, he said.
Montao’s mother, Flora Aragon, said she was glad her son survived.
“It was a miracle my son didn’t die in the accident,” she said. “It was really bad. They had to take him through the window. They couldn’t open the doors.”
The Las Vegas Police Department referred the investigation to the state police because city officers wanted an independent agency to handle it.