Lexington Police Officer Suffers Minor Injuries In Wreck

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Updated: 12/07/2012 12:29 am
Lexington Police said an officer suffered minor injuries Thursday night when his cruiser was rear-ended while he was helping another motorist.

In a release from the Lexington Police Collision Reconstruction Unit, investigators said Officer Jeffery Fugate initially responded to a motorist assist or non-injury collision on the outer loop of New Circle Road in the Alumni Drive/Tates Creek area.

Police said as Officer Fugate approached Tates Creek Road in the left lane, he observed a disabled vehicle on the right shoulder and tried to stop to help the motorist.

Police said witnesses told investigators that they saw Officer Fugate activate his lights and come to a stop in an attempt to help the motorist.

Police said the first vehicle behind the officer was able to see the emergency lights and though he couldn't stop in time, was able to swerve to the left of the officer and came to a stop just past where the officer had stopped.

Police said the second vehicle behind Officer Fugate, a 2008 white Pontiac Vibe, was unable to stop in time due to the wet roads and the driver rear-ended the officer's cruiser.

Police said Officer Fugate was taken to the hospital where he was treated and released for minor injuries.

Police said the driver of the Pontiac Vibe, Nicole Silimperi of Lexington, refused treatment at the scene but complained of pain.

Police said the preliminary investigation indicated that wet roads and following too closely were contributing factors in the collision.

Police said alcohol and drugs were not suspected in the collision, but as a standard procedure, blood was requested from all involved parties and results are pending from the State Police Labs.

Police said all parties were wearing seat belts.

Police said no charges were likely to be filed.
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