Inglewood Mayor Involved in Crash With Stationary Motorcycle Police Officer

A Los Angeles Police Department motorcycle officer was injured Tuesday when he was struck by an SUV driven by Inglewood Mayor James Butts, according  to the LAPD.

The officer's bike was left teetering atop a fountain near the USC campus.

The crash occurred about 8:45 a.m. near Exposition Boulevard and Figueroa Street, according to the LAPD. The officer was hospitalized in stable condition with injuries described as not life-threatening, police said. His name was not released.

LAPD Capt. Gisselle Espinoza told reporters at the scene the officer was "stationary" in front of the water fountain when a crash involving a black SUV and another vehicle occurred at the intersection, and the SUV wound up hitting the officer.

No other injuries were reported, and there was no word on whether anyone was cited.

Traffic was routed away from the area while an investigation was conducted. The university announced about 4:30 p.m. that the investigation had concluded and Exposition Boulevard was reopened to traffic.

The LAPD said an investigation was ongoing.

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