Driver cited, Sanford motorcycle officer hurt in traffic accident
Last week on Wednesday, December 4th, a town of Sanford police officer was injured in the line of duty while patrolling on one of the department’s motorcycles. The officer was thrown from the motorcycle after colliding with a car.
38-year-old Officer Tina Leman was pursuing another vehicle with the intent of pulling the driver over for a routine traffic stop. Officer Leman was behind the vehicle on 29th Street near Woodmere Boulevard. Before she could stop the driver, another unrelated vehicle travelling in the opposite, oncoming lane of traffic suddenly turned left in front of her motorcycle. The vehicle was driven by Timothy Salvino, who claimed he did not see the officer. When Salvino attempted to turn left, Leman had no time to react and collided with the vehicle, according to Shannon Cordingly, a Sanford Police Department spokeswoman.
Cordingly also said that Leman’s injuries were non-life threatening, but that she remained in the hospital in serious condition. Salvino, a 20-year-old from Casselberry, received a traffic citation for violating the right of way, Florida Highway Patrol troopers noted. Salvino was not hurt.
No further details were provided. Preliminary information did not indicate whether alcohol played any role in the crash and police did not say whether Leman had activated the motorcycle’s lights and siren. Regardless of lights or sirens, drivers are generally responsible for watching for other cars and for motorcycles. Over half of collisions involving a car and a motorcycle occur when the car turns left in front of the motorcycle and fails to yield the right of way.