Officer Runs Over Couple Laying In Middle Of The Street To Watch Eclipse

A police officer ran over two people who were lying in the middle of the road to watch the eclipse.

West Palm Beach, FL – A 24-year-old couple were lying in the middle of a roadway watching the lunar eclipse when they were run over by a police vehicle on Sunday night.

The incident occurred at about 11:30 p.m. on Jan. 20 at the height of the eclipse, near the 3100 block of North Jog Road, WPLG reported.

Investigators said the officer was patrolling a nature preserve around midnight, driving about five miles-per-hour, when he ran over the pair, WESH reported.

The police officer was driving a Ford Explorer SUV.

The man and woman, who lived nearby the park, were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said they believed the couple was at the nature preserve to watch and take pictures of the super blood wolf moon eclipse because the park was “extremely dark,” WPLG reported.

The officer was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation, according to WESH.

It’s very rare for a total lunar eclipse to occur at the same time as a supermoon, according to CNN.

A lunar eclipse can only happen during a full moon, and a supermoon occurs when a full moon is closest to earth in orbit.

The Old Farmer's Almanac explained that in January, the full moon is called a "wolf moon" because of the howling wolves that could be heard this time of year.

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Patmandy
Patmandy

More and more officers are getting some type of punishment due stupidity of people. Camera Hogs interfere with the officers traffic stops and yells things at the driver and cops during the stop. Most of the time people don't respect them. Now this officer is put on leave because two dumb people decide to lay in the road?In the dark? If this keeps up,who could blame anyone that would change their career decsion and not become a cop.

djb032
djb032

They're lucky it was a car that ran them over, and not a gator getting them....idiots!

LEO0301
LEO0301

What goes bump in the night?

alicefae
alicefae

So many young people today, assume the world revolves around them. Unbelievably stupid. Probably scared that poor policeman half to death. If one of the fools had died, HE would probably be charged with manslaughter!

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

They later told the Police as to why"...........It seemed like a good idea at the time"

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

"Why don't we do it in the road..." That's why. The road is for cars and other vehicles of transportation.

Secesh1861
Secesh1861

Speed bumps

JrzDvl
JrzDvl

Roads are FOR cars....not FOR-nicating

pbm4jc
pbm4jc

What was cop doing without his headlights on?

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

Obvioulsy they didn't remember being told not to play in the street by their parents.