For Immediate Release: 9/8/2011 8:23 am
Worcester, MA (September 8, 2011) - On Friday, September 2, 2011 at approximately 11:30 PM a Worcester Police cruiser was traveling south on Vernon Street at the intersection of Winthrop Street. The officer operating the cruiser was conducting routine patrol and was not responding to an emergency call. As the officer was driving, a 28 year old male ran out into the road and was struck by the cruiser. The male struck the driver's door side view mirror, snapping the mirror. As a result of the impact the male fell to the ground. The officer estimated that he was operating his cruiser at approximately 25 mph. After the impact the officer stopped and called for an ambulance. The male was alert and conscious but did complain of a sore right arm and leg; his injuries appeared to be minor. The male was transported to St. Vincent’s Hospital for observation by ambulance. Prior to leaving he did provide information to other responding police units.
The Worcester Police Crime Scene Unit was called to the scene to photograph the accident area. Witnesses were interviewed while the Traffic Division was notified of the incident. Damage to the cruiser was isolated to the mirror.
Officers conducting a follow up on the condition of the male pedestrian were informed that the male did not seek medical attention at the hospital that he was transported to. Other local hospitals were also checked which produced negative results.
At this time this incident remains an active investigation.