It was a bad night for the Detroit Police Department Friday, with one squad car hitting a 12-year-old boy, and another, racing to the scene in response, hitting a utility pole. But the child is expected to recover, and the injuries in the second accident are not life-threatening.
This all happened near 7 Mile and Hayes around 8 p.m. Friday night.
The Detroit News reports that the boy was crossing outside the crosswalk, and had been waved across by a stopped motorist. However, the motorist apparently did not see the police car coming in the adjacent lane, traveing the same direction.
Medics rushed the child to St. John Hospital, where he initially was listed in temporary serious condition, McGinnis said. "He is expected to recover well, being a young individual."
Meanwhile, police at the accident site had requested help. A second set of officers headed to the scene "were traveling at a speed that caused them to lose control and strike a utility pole," near Seven Mile and Gratiot, McGinnis said.
...Those officers were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, he said.