SAN DIEGO – A motorcycle officer was injured when he jumped over a guard rail to avoid being hit by an out-of-control pickup on the side of a South Bay freeway Friday.
The San Diego police motorcycle officer had pulled over a maroon Nissan Xterra SUV on Interstate 905 near the interchange with Interstate 805 just before 10 a.m.
The officer had parked his motorcycle behind the SUV and was standing on the passenger side of the SUV talking to the driver. The officer heard tires screeching and looked up to see a white pickup heading toward him, investigators said. The Ford F-150 hit the patrolman's motorcycle and sideswiped the SUV, according to CHP public-affairs Officer Jake Sanchez. The impact knocked the officer over the guardrail and down the the steep slope into a ravine.
Realizing what had happened, the uninjured 37-year-old Imperial Beach man behind the wheel of the Xterra jumped out and hurried down into the ravine to aid the officer, who was conscious and radioing for help, Sanchez said.
Meanwhile, the driver of the pickup, who also was unhurt, pulled over about 100 yards down the roadway and awaited the arrival of authorities, according to the CHP.
The motorcycle officer was taken by ambulance to UCSD Medical Center, where he was treated for facial cuts and a possible leg injury. He is expected to be OK.
The driver of the F-150, 47-year-old Rigoberto Lopez of San Diego, was questioned and released, he said.
CHP's investigation of the accident was ongoing, but investigators said intoxication was not believed to have been a factor in the wreck.