December 20, 2011 – Charleston, W.Va. – A police officer was injured when he was struck by a car while he was directing traffic in an intersection on Saturday, December 17.
WSAZ reports that the accident happened at about 6:15 p.m. on Trace Fork Boulevard, near the Men’s Warehouse store. Detective Aaron Cook was directing traffic at the 4-way intersection when he was struck by a blue Acura MDX.
Cook suffered non-life threatening injuries in the accident. He was transported to a local hospital to be treated for a possible broken leg or ankle.
The woman that was driving the Acura wasn’t injured in the accident. She may be charged in connection with this accident, but no charges had been filed yet.
The woman’s identity hasn’t been released.
The accident caused the entrance to the Trace Fork Shops of Corridor G to be blocked to traffic for some time. All lanes have since reopened. Police have warned motorists to be extra cautious when driving in congested holiday traffic.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's 2009 West Virginia Crash Statistics show that there were 356 fatalities as a result of car accidents in West Virginia.
In an effort to raise awareness of common factors in serious and fatal car accidents in West Virginia, our firm routinely publishes news items about traffic crashes in our region.
Common West Virginia accidents include, but are not limited to:
- single-car crashes;
- tractor-trailer accidents;
- accidents caused by hazardous road conditions; and
- distracted driver crashes.
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