Friend of woman shot in truck speaks to NBC 10
The passenger in a truck that was shot at by police is recovering.
Friends of Christine Demers tell NBC 10 the 37-year-old was dating the driver of the truck, 32-year-old Joseph Santos. Santos was shot and killed after police say he was using the truck as a weapon.
"I can't imagine how she felt, watching her friend die," said Tammy Sarandrea, a friend of Christine Demers. "Watching these shots coming from all different directions and you can't get out. I can't imagine what that's like."
Video captured by Department of Transportation cameras show the moments unfolding as police followed the white pickup truck, which at the time, believed to have been driven by a escaped prisoner who stole a police cruiser.
After speeding down Route 10, the truck weaves across all lanes of traffic to get onto the 95 North ramp.
That's where he gets boxed in traffic.
Police say the driver, Joseph Santos was using the 5,000 lb. truck as a weapon as he rammed into the cars around him.
"The vehicle is trying to run them over, hitting other cars and rocking back and forth," said Col. Hugh Clements.
As seen in the video, police attempt to get him to stop.
One officer is seen banging on the window trying to open the door.
Body camera footage shows the intense situation as several Providence officers along with State Police open fire on the truck.
40 rounds are spent.
"Those officers that you see in the video believed that there was imminent danger, serious injury or death," said Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare.
Sarandrea says Demers is recovering and thankful to be alive.
"I said, "no, you're not going to die," Sarandrea said. "You're very lucky. God was with you."