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Lowell Officer, Working at Motorcycle Crash, is Hit by Another Bike

May 12, 2019

LOWELL -- A police officer directing traffic following a motorcycle crash Saturday night on Bridge Street was struck by another motorcycle that was then abandoned by the rider, who is being sought by police.

The officer suffered an injury to his hand from the impact, according to an emergency radio broadcast. He was transported to an area hospital for treatment, Lowell police Capt. James Hodgdon confirmed.

The initial motorcycle crash, near the Sunrise Shopping Center at 1201 Bridge St., came over the emergency radio broadcast at around 9 p.m. A tire became detached from the motorcycle and was roughly 200 feet away from where the bike came to a rest.

According to Armando Faria, of Lowell Fleet Maintenance, which was called to the scene to clean up the crash, the rider was hospitalized.

As emergency crews worked at the scene, an unidentified police officer shined his flashlight toward a pair of motorcyclists who were “racing down the street,” Faria said. The bikes were headed south on Bridge Street.

“He was going to go over to them and ask them to slow down, because look at this other bike,” Faria said, pointing out the mangled motorcycle being loaded onto his flatbed.

The rider slowed down before speeding off, striking the officer, Faria said.

The motorcyclist continued south on Bridge Street about a mile before dumping the bike and taking off on foot. The motorcycle was placed on a Lowell Fleet Maintenance flatbed truck along with the motorcycle destroyed in the initial call.

Police are on the lookout for the rider of the motorcycle that struck the officer, Hodgdon said.

According to the emergency radio broadcast, he is a Hispanic male, with long curly hair, and was wearing shorts.

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