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June 2, 2023

Watsonville Police corporal honored for life-saving actions

WATSONVILLE—Watsonville Police Corporal Isaak Rodriguez was honored during a recent City Council meeting for his “heroic actions” that helped save the life of an elderly bicyclist who ended up trapped underneath a car.

Mayor Eduardo Montesino presented Rodriguez with a proclamation and also thanked him for his 15 years of service at the meeting.

On Dec. 15, Watsonville Police and other emergency officials responded to a report of a crash between a car and a bicycle on the 1000 block of Main Street.

Watsonville Police Sgt. Mike Ridgway said the incident began when officers spotted a man in a Honda Accord that had been reported stolen. As police moved in, the suspect took off and tried to outrun police. However, he became trapped in the Town and Country Center and jumped out of the moving car. 

As the Honda careened forward by itself toward Main Street, it ran on top of a man on a bicycle. Ridgway said Rodriguez quickly teamed up with citizens at the scene and hoisted the car up high enough to free the bicyclist. The suspect was arrested by police.

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