Police pursuit ends with accident; driver dies with no medical attention rendered

Robert J Hansen

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Amelian Tremond Edwards died in a car accident on Bradshaw Road in Sacramento County on Sunday, August 29, 2021.Courtesy Olivia Edwards

Amelian Tremond Houff crashed at 4:53 am and died while calling for help for hours in his vehicle as Sacramento Police Department (SPD) officers gave him and the other passenger conflicting commands to exit the clearly mangled vehicle.

Medical aid was not rendered until 7:26am according to Sacramento County Sheriff’s (SOS) records. Police say they did not approach the vehicle because they suspected weapons in the car.

None were found.

Transcripts show Houff was screaming for help multiple times and was told to call 911 by police officers if he could. 

According to police records, Houff told police there were two others in the car and both were injured at 5:38 am. However, only two occupants were found.

Police records state that drone footage shows a passenger exiting the vehicle at 6:30 am and was given continuous commands to keep his hands up.

One passenger got out of the car and collapsed in a nearby yard who was later taken into custody but transported to the hospital according to witnesses.

Houff was left trapped while screaming for help and being given commands to exit the vehicle with his hands up as late as 6:38 am.

Olivia Edwards, Houff’s mother, was contacted by a friend's mother. 

“I was told he and his passenger were in a coma at UC Davis hospital,” Edwards said.

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Olivia Edwards with her son Amelian Houff at graduation day in 2019.Courtesy of Olivia Edwards

Edwards said there's not a parent in the world that would still not love their child regardless of what they did.

“I’m not mad at him whatsoever. There’s no reason to be made at my son because he made a mistake,” Edwards said 

No witness statements were taken by law enforcement.

“They took too long,” one witness said.

The passenger got out of the car and collapsed in the backyard of the house according to the owner of the home Houff crashed in front of.

Police gave the driver, Houff,  commands to get out of the car with guns drawn and only approached the vehicle hours later after he had passed away, according to the owner.

The Sacramento County Coroner's office claims the driver died on impact.

Edwards was not contacted by any official about what happened to her son until after 10:30p pm that night.

“I went looking for him at UC Davis,” Edwards said. 

Edwards has not been allowed to see her son’s body by the coroner's office and has only been allowed to recover his clothes while law enforcement has kept his cell phone and other property.

“There was a lot of negligence here,” Edwards said. “There was no consideration for him as a human being. They played judge, jury and executioner when they failed in their oath to protect human life."

Houff’s funeral is scheduled for October 2, three days before his mother’s fortieth birthday.

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Robert J Hansen is an investigative journalist and economist. Focused on holding elected officials, police and the courts accountable to the people throughout the greater Sacramento area.

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