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Phoenix police officer still in hospital after hit-and-run crash, suspect booked

Police said the crash happened Wednesday at the intersection of 40th and Oak streets. The officer is expected to recover.

PHOENIX — An officer with the Phoenix Police Department is recovering in the hospital after being seriously injured in a hit-and-run crash overnight on Wednesday, authorities said.

The crash reportedly happened around 12:30 a.m. at the intersection of 40th and Oak street between a marked police car and a civilian vehicle.

First responders with the fire department had to extricate the apparently trapped officer from their car. The officer was taken to a local hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.

The people in the other vehicle got out of their car and fled from the scene on foot, but police said they were soon found and detained. Police said the man driving the other vehicle suffered injuries from the crash and was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Preliminary information indicates the officer was traveling west on Oak Street through the intersection when another vehicle heading north ran the red light and hit the police car.

Authorities are still investigating the crash and impairment is not believed to be a factor in the incident, officials said.

On Friday, police said Marlon De Jesus Hernandez, 21, had been booked into jail on suspicion of being involved in the hit-and-run crash. The injured officer remains hospitalized.


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