The wife of a man injured in a wrong way crash says she’s now worried about feeding her family.
Heather Sober says her husband is in extreme pain with burns on his body and a broken leg.
Kirby Sober was injured Saturday night as Pasco County Sheriff’s deputies chased a car driven by Michael Blomberg on State Road 54.
The deputies were responding to a call that Blomberg was fighting with a woman in a convenience store and trying to abduct her.
As deputies arrived at the store, Blomberg sped off and the deputies pursued.
The events unfolded on live TV as part of the A&E network broadcast of “Live P.D.”
Heather Kirby says it’s difficult to watch video of the incident.
“To watch the videos and all this footage over and over and over and to sit in that hospital all night and watch the effects of it all,” said Kirby.
“He’s in an immense amount of pain. He has burns on his back and on his arms and they are trying to take care of the burns right now… and he’s just, he’s in a lot of pain,” said Kirby.
Her attorney says he wants to know if the deputies were encouraged by the producers of the live television production.
“This show makes money off of having officers put themselves into precarious situations that they otherwise would not, just so they can get on TV, just so they can have that sound bite or that video that people will watch,” said attorney Hunter Higdon, who is now representing the family.
Heather Sober says she has three sons, ages 9 months, 2 years and 6 years and right now she doesn’t even have a car seat for them, because the car seats were burned in the crash.
She has established a GoFundMe account because her husband was the only one in the family with a job.
“He has expressed an extreme fear that he will not be able to provide a roof over their head by the end of this month,” said Higdon.
Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said his deputies were doing the right thing.
“If we don’t pursue that vehicle and she’s killed, you’re holding a press conference asking why didn’t the deputies do everything to save her life,” said Nocco.