Oceanside police motorcycle officer avoids serious injury in Pala crash

An Oceanside police motorcycle officer on his way home from work Wednesday evening was struck by a car on a North County highway but improbably escaped serious injury, authorities said.

"He's very lucky," Oceanside Police Department spokesman Tom Bussey said.

The crash happened about 4:45 p.m. on state Route 76 west of Lilac Road in Pala, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Roberts, who gave only his last name to San Diego News Video.

According to Roberts, a westbound car was speeding on the highway when it veered and struck the officer. It was unclear from information provided whether the car and officer were headed the same way or in opposite directions.

Bussey said the motorcycle officer saw the vehicle veering toward him and swerved off the road in an attempt to avoid being hit. He steered onto the highway's dirt shoulder, where he was struck anyway.

"The motorcycle did several 360s with him off it," Bussey said. "He was not seriously injured; he had only a complaint of a sore wrist."

The injury did not require paramedics to transport the injured officer, whose name was not released, but a sergeant with the Oceanside Police Department drove him to a hospital for treatment of the apparently minor injury, according to Bussey.

"And the bike is probably totaled," Bussey said.

The other driver, a woman, was injured, Roberts told San Diego News Video, though the Highway Patrol officer did not know the extent of her injuries except that they were not life-threatening. Roberts said drugs and alcohol were not thought to be factors in the crash.

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