A motorcycle officer with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) was seriously injured after being struck by a motorist operating a sports utility vehicle (SUV) near the University of Southern California (USC) on April 30. The incident occurred near the intersection of Figueroa Street and Exposition Boulevard just before 8:45 a.m.
In an LAPD press release, they described how the officer had been observing the area from a stationary point near the university’s water fountain during rush hour that morning. That’s apparently when both the SUV and another vehicle collided in the middle of the intersection. Soon after that, the officer was struck.
Camera footage taken by a helicopter in the area shows what witnesses believe to be Inglewood’s mayor standing nearby the SUV involved in the crash. While they believe that he was inside the vehicle at the time it struck the LAPD officer, it’s unclear if he’d also been driving it at the time.
A spokesperson for the department later confirmed that the registration for the SUV is in the city of Inglewood’s name. When asked, a public information officer with the Inglewood Police Department said that they weren’t aware of the incident.
The injured officer was transported to an area hospital with undisclosed, non-life-threatening injuries. At last check, he was listed as being in stable condition. No one else was hurt in the crash. Police are continuing their investigation into the events leading up to the accident.
Mornings and afternoons or evenings are some of the most dangerous times of the day for motorists to be on the road in Los Angeles. It’s easy for California motorists to get distracted, especially when there’s bumper-to-bumper traffic that seems to go on for miles. A motorcycle accidents attorney can help you hold negligent motorists accountable if you’re injured in a serious crash.