Clearwater, Florida - For the first time we're hearing the 911 call a Clearwater great grandfather managed to make moments after a vehicle hit him in a hit and run back on March 20, according to the Clearwater Police Department.
Edward Ortwein: "Me and my dog was just hit by a car."
Operator: "Does anyone need a paramedic?"
Edward Ortwein: "I can't move. I don't know what happened. I don't know where my dog is."
Operator: "Is there any serious bleeding?"
Edward Ortwein: "Yeah, my legs and my arms. I can't move my leg out. I can't feel it. That car came out of nowhere."
Sylvia Baughey remembers all the emergency workers parked out near her driveway trying to help her 78-year-old neighbor, Edward Ortwein, who was just out walking his dog, Brutus.
She says, "They said it looks like maybe he'd fallen or something, and they said that he was OK and that he was alive and so, at that point, I was hoping that he'd make it."
With a young daughter at home, Baughey hosed the blood off her driveway when the paramedics cleared out. She says, "It had to be, I think, an hour later, or an hour or two later, and they came back out here. It was actually the police officers that came back out here and that's when they decided it was a crime scene at that point."
Clearwater police spokesperson Joelle Castelli, reached by phone Monday evening, says that's not true. She says the incident was not initially investigated as a fall.
Investigators say Ortwein was run over near the corner of South Drive and East Drive around 7:00 in the morning. The driver didn't bother to stop. On Friday, Ortwein, a retired truck driver from New York, died due to his injuries.
Ortwein's son, Rick, spoke to 10 News by phone from his home in New York and says, "I thought the police maybe should have investigated it right from the get-go instead of waiting two hours later to go back there and then circle it all off and try to do an investigation. Two hours can mean a lot. People could have come back, put things down the sewer drain, picked them up."
Tuesday 10 News shared the 911 call with Rick who says he's tried repeatedly to speak with a detective about his father's case. He says he's even traveled to Clearwater only to have to stand outside a police substation to speak to someone through an intercom. He was told someone would call him soon.
Rick adds, "No one ever called me yet since the accident happened. I keep getting the same thing, they'll call you, they'll call you, they'll call you. Well my dad isn't here no more and I still haven't received a phone call. I have a ton of questions and honestly I'm getting no answers. Because no one is calling me."
Rick listened to the 911 call and confirmed it was his father's voice. He says while it was difficult to hear- it does provide some closure. He says even though his father was aging he was still very strong and healthy. He walked every day and did push ups. Rick says it wouldn't be normal for him to just fall.
Meanwhile for those who grew accustomed to visiting with Edward and his dog Brutus during their daily walks the loss is devastating. Chip Davis got emotional when we told him his friend passed away and he wasn't the only one.
A woman in the neighborhood where it happened burst into tears when 10 News crews told her Ortwein passed away and that Brutus, Ortwein's dog, has since died of cancer.
Tammie Fields, 10 News