NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A Detective with the New Haven Police Department was seriously injured after he was hit by a motorcyclist while directing traffic on Monday.
“The detective had gone into the roadway apparently to stop traffic for some equipment and that’s when the motorcyclist came down the road and struck him,” said New Haven Police Department Media Liaison David Hartman.
Police say 47-year-old Detective Juan Ingles, a 14-year veteran of the department, was directing traffic on Kimberly Avenue near the I-95 underpass when he was hit by a motorcyclist. Ingles was pinned under the motorcycle until he was freed by other people at the scene.
While he remained conscious, he sustained serious injuries and was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital.
“It was a tremendous quick response from the fire department and paramedics came right away,” said Officer Hartman.
The accident happened in an area that is known as the West River Construction Zone. The area has been under construction for several years and officers say signs and traffic patterns should be expected to change from time to time.
“This is as good a time as any to appeal to people that at construction zones, you need to be very careful. You need to slow down, you need to make eye contact with the officer that’s directing traffic and make sure you proceed the way they intend you to proceed,” said Officer Hartman.
The motorcycle operator stayed on the scene and is cooperating with investigators. As police conducted their preliminary investigation the road remained closed and nearby businesses were only open to foot traffic.
“Officers could close the street all night long, I don’t mind. As long as everybody’s okay, ” said Ergin Boluck who works at Townhouse Pizza on Kimberly Avenue.