A Lakewood police officer was hurt Wednesday when his motorcycle struck a car near Fort Steilacoom Park.
The officer, 42, was taken to a local hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries, police Lt. Heidi Hoffman said. The department would not release more specific information about the officer’s injuries.
The accident happened shortly before 11 a.m. as the officer traveled west on Steilacoom Boulevard Southwest and was approaching 87th Avenue. He was following his partner, who was pulling over a driver, Hoffman said.
A witness told police that a car pulled out of a parking lot in front of the officer, who didn’t have time to stop and hit the side of the car, Hoffman said.
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The car’s driver, a woman in her early 80s, suffered minor cuts and was treated at the scene, Hoffman said. The officer was conscious and talking to others.
Puyallup police officers were handling the investigation.
The injured officer has been in law enforcement for 13 years and with the Lakewood Police Department since its inception in 2004, Hoffman said. He’s been assigned to the traffic unit since he was hired.
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