January 13, 2014
Officials say that a police officer was hit by a motorist while conducting a routine traffic stop, sustaining minor injuries.
The incident occurred in Escondido at approximately 10:30 am yesterday morning. Witnesses described the officer as in the process of making a traffic stop with his lights and siren blaring when a Honda sedan sideswiped the officer after changing lanes.
The victim has been identified as a 15-year veteran of the force, Mike Nelson. He was transported to Palomar Medical Center with injuries being described as minor to his feet, legs and chest.
The driver of the sedan has been identified as 29-year-old Sean Whitaker. He did not sustain any injuries, and was cited for lacking insurance. Officials say that alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash.
If you witnessed this incident and believe you have information that can help in this investigation, you're encouraged to contact the Traffic Division at (760)839-4482 or the Anonymous Tip Line at (760)743-8477.
Anytime accidents like these occur, they're a cruel reminder that even the most visible of motorcycles on the road can still become invisible to the inattentive driver. If a large, illuminated police bike making noise can get sideswiped in broad daylight, what chance does a discreet, low-profile motorcycle have?
The San Diego motorcycle lawyers here at RiderzLaw wish Mr. Nelson a speedy recovery in this incident. We ask our readers to please look out for yourselves and other riders on the roads.