A Bellevue Police Department motorcycle officer was struck by a vehicle while directing Friday evening. He was transported to Overlake Medical Center where he was treated for a fractured leg.
The collision occurred just before 6 p.m. downtown, near the intersection of Northeast Fourth Street and 111th Avenue Northeast. The officer was directing traffic on foot for the Bellevue Fire Department, which had just finished extinguishing a vehicle fire in the parking lot on the Southwest corner of the intersection.
As the Fire Department was preparing to leave with the officer’s assistance, a red 2008 Audi TT came eastbound on Fourth Street. The officer was struck by the front of the vehicle and thrown over the hood and into the street. The driver stopped and is cooperating with the investigation. There was no immediate indication of drug or alcohol impairment on the part of the driver, a 75-year-old Bellevue resident.
The specific cause of the collision is still under investigation. Fourth Street was closed between 110th and 112th avenues for about three hours. The officer underwent surgery and was expected to be hospitalized for several days. He has approximately nine years of service with the department, about five as a motorcycle officer.
Motorists are reminded to slow down in dark, wet conditions, and use extreme caution around emergency vehicles, road construction and the people working around them.
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