911 operator told teen to stop whining after fatal crash

Officials in Maryland say a 911 dispatcher told a 13-year-old girl to stop whining after a hit-and-run crash that killed her father.

Capt. Russ Davies, a spokesman for the Anne Arundel County Fire Department, said Thursday that the dispatcher has been reassigned to a position away from the public pending an investigation. He says the dispatcher could return to answering 911 calls after the investigation but could also face termination.

The 911 call came in Sunday after a car hit 38-year-old Rick Warrick of Washington, D.C., and his fiancee as they changed a tire on a highway halfway between Washington and Baltimore. The dispatcher twice tells Warrick’s daughter to stop whining during the call.

Warrick was killed. His fiancee, 28-year-old Julia Pearce, was in fair condition Thursday.