Officer Jose Cruz Injured in Merced Crash at 21st and I Streets
MERCED (April 29, 2018) – A police officer was injured after a traffic collision in the area of West 21st and I streets on Friday, April 27, according to Merced Sun Star.
The accident involving two vehicles took place at around 10:33 a.m.
As per the article, Merced police said Officer Jose Cruz was driving a Ford Explorer east on 21st Street when he was hit by a white Chevrolet Tracker in the intersection.
Car Accident at 21st and I Streets in Merced, April 27
Witnesses told police that the driver of the Chevrolet, 56-year-old Deborah Weigelt, apparently ran through the stop sign and struck driver’s side of the patrol car. The Merced woman was going south on I Street prior to impact.
The Explorer went up onto the curb and ultimately slammed into a Neighborhood Watch sign. Airbags deployed in the police unit and Officer Cruz was transported to an area hospital with injuries described as minor.
A police dog was inside the Ford at the time was also taken to a veterinarian for evaluation as a precaution. Authorities are still investigating the incident.
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Based on the news report, it appears that the driver of the Chevrolet caused the collision that injured the police officer involved. The motorist is accused of failing to stop at a stop sign and hitting the patrol car. Authorities will continue to investigate and determine whether or not driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs was a factor and whether or not excessive speed or distracted driving played a role.
Pending the results and findings of the investigation for this accident, the injured and not held responsible for causing the collision will possess the right to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party. The claim will include the compensation for all the hospital bills, future medical needs, lost income, property damage and pain and suffering.
If you, or your loved one, have been hurt in an auto accident and you believe another person is at fault, we encourage you to speak with our experienced personal injury lawyer to help you. We will guide you every step of the way and bring our expertise to your case. Give Johnson Attorneys Group a call today at 855-703-4186 for a free consultation.
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