Motorcycle Officer Suffers Non-Life Threatening Injuries in Panorama City Crash

Fire officials say a motorcycle officer suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries in a crash Wednesday morning.

The crash occurred near the intersection of Columbus Avenue and Roscoe Boulevard in Panorama City around 8:43 a.m., according to the Los Angeles Police Department

Two motor officers were driving in the far right lane of Roscoe Boulevard, one in front of the other, before the crash occurred. Police say the collision happened when the driver of a BMW attempted to merge right from the middle lane, and did not see the officer.

The officer flew off the motorcycle, which crossed traffic before coming to a stop on the other side of the street.

Surveillance video, however, appears to show the officer getting too close to the BMW.

It also shows something the lead investigator said is a little concerning: the officer riding on the line between lanes. It's illegal for motorcyclists to split lanes on city streets.

Neighbors said officers flood Roscoe Boulevard constantly.

"They're always coming down here quick, trying to scare people," said resident Ruben Reyes. "Always coming down quick, so I'm guessing he lost control and hit the car."

The LAPD has seen the surveillance video and says that while it doesn't show the whole story, it's something they're considering to determine who is at fault.

Cellphone video of the crash shows the driver of the BMW rushing to help the officer.

The officer was taken to the hospital and was recovering from injuries to his ankle and ribs, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The crash is still under investigation.

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