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Richmond Police officer injured after being hit head-on by motorcycle

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Posted at 10:25 PM, Jan 25, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-26 08:01:27-05

RICHMOND, Va. — A Richmond officer was hit head-on by a motorcycle while directing traffic on West Broad Street on Tuesday night.

On Tuesday just after 5 p.m., Richmond Police responded to a report of aggressive driving by a group of motorcycles near the intersection of Broad Street and Terminal. Once on the scene, the officer began to direct traffic.

The officer was hit by a motorcycle in the pack. Another officer transported them to a local hospital, where they were treated for a head injury.

The motorcycle driver left the scene of the crash, but police said he was later stopped in Henrico. He was then taken back to Richmond where he is being detained and questioned with traffic-related charges pending.

Mayor Levar Stoney shared the following statement after the incident:

This brave officer put himself in harm’s way to protect the residents of our city. This incident is a reminder of the challenges our first responders face every day and the sacrifices they are willing to make to serve and protect us.

I am grateful that the officer survived this potentially deadly encounter and ask you to join me in wishing him a speedy recovery from his injuries.

Richmond Police Chief Gerald Smith also shared a statement following the incident:

What happened this evening was a despicable and cowardly act that will not be tolerated. Our RPD family stands with this officer and his family. We are grateful for the way our men and women work every day to protect this community, despite the risks they face.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call RPD Detective V. Griffith at (804) 646-1718 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones also may be used. All Crime Stoppers reporting methods are anonymous.

This is a developing story, so anyone with more information can email newstips@wtvr.com to send a tip.

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