A police officer suffered life-threatening injuries when the motorcycle he was riding was struck by a car on the afternoon of Sept. 25 according to media reports. The officer, who has served with the Slidell Police Department for more than a decade, was escorting a funeral procession at the time of the crash. Subsequent reports indicate that the officer's condition has stabilized, but doctors have not speculated about his chances or recovery.
The motorcycle and car accident took place as the procession left a funeral home on Gause Boulevard West at approximately 12:30 p.m. Eyewitnesses say that a black sedan pulled in front of the officer's motorcycle as it headed westbound after pulling out of a parking lot. The officer was ejected from his motorcycle after striking the car according to reports.
A funeral home visitor who is also a trained paramedic rushed to the badly injured officer to administer first aid. Emergency services workers soon arrived at the scene and rushed the officer to a New Orleans trauma center. First responders say that the officer was semi-conscious and recognized his name as he was loaded into an ambulance. The Sidell Police Department have reported that the investigation into the crash remains open.
Incidents like this one are generally investigated thoroughly by the police, and the evidence gathered by accident investigators could be used to support civil as well as criminal legal proceedings. Investigators may check cellphone histories or internet usage records to find out if drivers were distracted when they crashed. These documents could then be introduced in court by experienced personal injury attorneys to prove negligence and establish liability in civil lawsuits filed on behalf of accident victims.
Source: The New Orleans Advocate, "Slidell motorcycle officer seriously injured escorting funeral procession", Andrew Canulette and Paul Murphy, Sept. 25, 2018