Officer involved in suspect’s death Monday once ran over a victim by accident

Police struggled with Ramsey Saad, 55, in his house at 523 Lanyard Drive in Redwood City when they shocked him with a Taser. Post photo.
Police struggled with Ramzi Saad, 55, in his house at 523 Lanyard Drive in Redwood City when they shocked him with a Taser. Post photo.

Daily Post Staff Writer

One of the four Redwood City police officers who struggled with a domestic violence suspect who was stopped with a Taser and later died Monday cost the city $1.25 million after he accidentally ran over a beating victim in 2008.

Officer Oscar Poveda, who is in his mid-40s, appears to have been the most veteran officer involved. The other officers were identified by acting Redwood City police Capt. Sean Hart as Brian Simmons, Matthew Cydzik and Daniel DiBona.

Hart didn’t know offhand how long each officer had been on the force, but it appears that Simmons, Cydzik, DiBona joined the department in the last three years.

In 2009, Poveda was cleared of wrongdoing after he accidentally ran over a 34-year-old beating victim while responding to a call in a parking lot at a Denny’s restaurant the year before.

The incident cost the city $1.25 million when it settled a claim over the victim’s disfigured face, permanently closed eye and hearing loss. The claim sought $5 million.

DUI arrest runner-up

In 2011, Poveda was honored for making 24 DUI arrests the year before, the second most in the department.

In 2016, Poveda was one of the six city employees who took home more than $100,000 in overtime pay. He earned $119,394 in overtime pay in 2016, almost as much as his $130,468 base salary.

Transparent California, a website that posts public employees’ salaries and job titles, lists Simmons as a police officer trainee last year.

Cydzik appears to have joined the force in 2015, and DiBona isn’t listed in any of the rosters uploaded to Transparent California dating up through 2017.

Cydzik won an Outstanding Duty Award in 2016 along with eight other officers and two dispatchers who had handled a domestic dispute at the Deluxe Inn.

Monday’s incident

The officers spent a few minutes struggling with the man, identified as 55-year-old Ramsey Saad, after a neighbor called 911 after allegedly seeing Saad push his 83-year-old mother to the ground outside of their house at 523 Lanyard Drive and threaten to kill her.

At one point, a Taser was fired at Saad and he fell unconscious. Police called paramedics, who took him to a hospital where he died.

Police aren’t saying which officer fired the Taser.

San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe, whose office will be investigating the police handling of the incident over the next eight to 10 months, lamented the lack of a video recording from body-worn cameras, which Redwood City police officers don’t wear.

Hart said the city hopes to outfit its police with cameras this year once it secures the funding.


  1. The real scandal here isn’t the 2009 accident but the enormous amount of overtime this guy is pulling down. If you’re working that many extra hours, how can you be attentive and awake during your regular hours? I got to think he’s sleeping at the police station to be able to get that much overtime.

  2. They screwed up but at least attempted so called non lethal ways. Perhaps taking him to the ground by hand could have been done. Non lethal needs to be the number one way by officers. And the public ourselves looking out for them and others in the end. Technology and technique to a science. Taking a life accidental or not is not ok. Master it. You better

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