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Police Locate Hit and Run Driver that Injured Fellow Officer

Posted on July 28, 2015

On behalf of Charles Bryan Alred, PC posted in Car Accidents on Tuesday, July 28, 2015.

An Oklahoma man was recently arrested for his alleged involvement in an accident that put a police officer in the hospital. When questioned by police, he denied being involved in the hit and run. Further investigation appears to contradict his assertions.

Police say his vehicle was located approximately one-half mile from the scene of a crash between the man’s pickup truck and a police patrol car. He admitted it was his truck, but claimed he was not driving at the time of the accident. The driver’s side airbag of the truck deployed in the accident, and the Oklahoma man’s DNA was apparently found on it, presumably indicating that he was, in fact, behind the wheel at the time of the crash.

The incident began when the police officer was searching for a burglary suspect. When she saw an individual who may have been involved, she slowed her vehicle and prepared to get out of it. That was when a pickup truck traveling at approximately 45 mph plowed into the back of her patrol car. The pickup driver is said to have fled the scene.

The impact had enough force to propel the officer’s vehicle across the lanes of travel to the opposite curb. When it hit the curb, the vehicle left the ground and overturned. Fortunately, the Midwest City police officer survived the crash with unknown injuries. At last report, she was home continuing her recovery.

The officer will most likely be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits since she was on the job at the time of the hit and run. Separately, she may be able to file a third-party personal injury claim against the driver to seek recovery of additional damages that may not be covered by her benefits, such as pain and suffering. A successfully navigated lawsuit that proves negligence on the part of the pickup driver may result in a monetary damages in civil court.

Source: news9.com, “Man Accused Of Causing A Hit And Run, Injury Accident Involving MWC Officer“, Leighanne Manwarren, July 22, 2015

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