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Durham Officer Injured in Crash
A Durham police officer was injured when he was struck by an SUV while directing traffic Monday morning on Academy Road.
The officer, Lt. J.A. Friedrick, was directing traffic at Durham Academy Middle School at 3116 Academy Road around 8:15 a.m. when he was struck by a 2017 Land Rover driven by Kelly Moore of Durham. According to investigators, Moore was making a left turn from the right turn lane when she struck Friedrick who had his back turned to her. The collision knocked Lt. Friedrick to the ground. Moore told investigators she was blinded by the sun and did not see him. Moore had her left turn signal on when the crash happened.
Lt. Friedrick was in the center lane and wearing his traffic vest when the collision occurred. Lt. Friedrick was taken to the hospital to be checked out; his injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.
Moore, who was not injured, was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid colliding with a pedestrian.