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Calif. officer seriously injured by texting teen driver

The motorcycle cop is recovering after he was thrown from his bike into a windshield following a chain-reaction crash

By PoliceOne Staff

CHULA VISTA, Calif. — A motorcycle officer was seriously injured Wednesday when his bike was involved in a three-vehicle accident investigators believe occurred as a result of a teen texting while driving.

A newly-licensed driver rear-ended a vehicle, whose 61-year-old driver had stopped to make a left turn, according to CBS 8.

The impact of the crash caused the man’s vehicle to be pushed into the intersection where Officer Nathaniel Walker was driving his motorcycle.

Walker was thrown from his bike, over the man’s car and into the windshield of the distracted teen driver.

"I don't know how you ever forget something like this," said Captain Gary Wedge with the Chula Vista Police Department. "She's fortunate that he wasn't killed."

Walker was airlifted to a nearby hospital and treated for severe trauma, according to the article.

According to UT San Diego, Walker is expected to be out of the hospital by the weekend.

The 8-year veteran was with about ten other officers on a 190-mile training ride when the accident occurred. He was the only officer injured. 

“Not only is he a good officer but he's a good human being and he will get through this. It's just tragic that it happened,” Wedge said.

The other two drivers — Rex Schildhouse and the 17-year-old girl whose name has not been released — were also taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Charges are pending. 

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