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November 20, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Motorcycle officer hurt in crash on Monday still hospitalized

A Seattle police motorcycle officer who was seriously injured in a collision Monday morning in the Sodo neighborhood remains in serious condition in the intensive care unit at Harborview Medical Center.

The officer was riding west on South Lander Street at Third Avenue South around 9 a.m. when the driver of a 2011 Subaru Forester made a U-turn in front of him, according to Seattle police said. The impact knocked the motorcycle over, injuring the officer.

A citizen ran over to the injured officer and used the officer’s radio to alert SPD dispatch to the accident, police said.

“His quick-thinking, and calm demeanor alerted officers to the situation and sped up emergency response,” police said in their online blog.

A Drug Recognition Expert officer evaluated the driver of the Subaru, but found no indications of any impairment, police said.

Police, on Wednesday, said the officer is a 25-year veteran of the force. His name has not been released.

“He’s hurt but the injuries are something he will recover from,” said Sgt. Sean Whitcomb.

Comments | More in The Blotter, Traffic & Transit | Topics: Harborview Medical Center, motorcycle accident, Seattle Police


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