Police patrol car strikes pedestrian, causing serious personal injury

As reported in local news a few days ago, a pedestrian suffered serious personal injury when struck by a Tucson police vehicle. The incident occurred early Sunday morning at the intersection of East Broadway and South Kolb Road.

The unidentified male pedestrian in his 20s was hit by the police vehicle while crossing the intersection at Kolb Road on foot.

The officer, who was said to be transporting a civilian passenger at the time, reportedly stopped and administered first aid to the victim before he was taken to the hospital by first responders.

The officer and his passenger were unhurt, and the extent of the victim’s personal injury was unknown at press time.

Personal injury by police under unknown circumstances

It’s fair to assume that at the time of the accident the officer was performing his duties in an exemplary manner, as do nearly all of the men and women in police uniform who proudly serve Tucson and surrounding communities.

And, until or unless the ongoing internal police investigation determines otherwise, we should assume that this unfortunate accident which resulted in personal injuries to the unlucky pedestrian was simply that – an accident that occurred in the police officer’s line of duty.

Still, given the recent nationwide scrutiny regarding the worrisome number of incidents resulting in personal injury or death at the hands of police officers, it’s important to thoroughly investigate each incident.

For the sake of the injured pedestrian and the general public here in Tucson, we’re hoping that this accident was a routine one.

“Racing to the scene” of the nearest donut shop?

Hopefully this accident didn’t happen while the officer was “racing to the scene” of the nearest donut shop, or engaging in some other foolish behavior, such as that highlighted in YouTube videos taken of rogue police officers in other jurisdictions…. Tucson residents deserve more professional police than that.

Of course, it’s important to note that the officer was carrying a civilian passenger, which is generally unusual for police on patrol. Investigators are probably seeking to determine why the officer was carrying a passenger and whether that may have played a role in the accident.

The internal investigation of the incident should be allowed to take its course, and in the meantime hopefully the victim’s personal injuries will heal quickly.

Protect your rights with professional legal help

If you or someone you love has suffered personal injuries as a result of actions by police or anyone else here in the Tucson area, you should call Bob Barber Law today.

Bob Barber is Tucson’s experienced personal injury attorney. He can help find out what really happened, work to hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions, and fight to win the financial relief you deserve.

Call 520-293-4440 or e-mail bob.barber@azbar.org

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