Santa Ana motorcycle officer injured in traffic accident
SANTA ANA A Santa Ana police officer was injured Tuesday when the motorcycle she was riding was struck by a car driven by an IRS agent, police said.
The accident took place when the motorcycle officer was traveling southbound on Main Street, through the 15th Street intersection about 315 p.m., Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.
Based on their initial investigation, police believe that a male IRS agent driving a government car made a right turn from 15th onto Main in front of the officer, causing her to broadside the vehicle, Bertagna said.
The officer was thrown over the vehicle and suffered injuries to her back and wrist, along with broken teeth, Bertagna said. She was reportedly taken to a trauma center in serious but stable condition.
There are stop signs in the area on both sides of 15th but traffic on Main is not required to stop.
“We don’t know if he saw her or not,” Bertagna said.
Authorities have not identified the officer but say she has been with the Santa Ana police department for eight years.
Police have also not named the IRS agent but say he likely will not be arrested.
“He didn’t do anything intentional,” Bertagna said.
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