Motorcycle officer escapes injury in crash

The motorcycle of Branford Police Officer Richard Kenney. (Police photo)
The motorcycle of Branford Police Officer Richard Kenney. (Police photo)

BRANFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A Traffic Division police officer responding by motorcycle to an emergency call escaped serious injury Friday after he was hit by another vehicle.

Police said Officer Richard Kenney was headed east on Main Street (Route 1) with his lights and sires on at 12 p.m., when a car turned left in front of him. The impact caused him to skid and slide across the pavement onto a nearby lawn. The driver, Cheryl Dombrowski, 69, of Applewood Road, was cited for failure to grant the right of way from a private driveway and disobeying the signal of an officer.

Chief Kevin Halloran, who responded to the accident scene, said the officer’s extensive motorcycle training by the Connecticut State Police and years of experience as a motor officer helped him avoid serious injury.

“Officer Kenney was able to avoid a direct hit by the vehicle by evasive maneuvering and then enter into a controlled slide after contact.” said the Chief, “We are extremely fortunate he wasn’t seriously injured.”

Kenney was treated at the scene by Branford Fire Department paramedics and later transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital for further evaluation and treatment.

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