Hingham: Two injured when car strikes police cruiser

A vehicle crashed into the rear of a police cruiser on a traffic stop Thursday, injuring the officer and one driver.

Just after 4:30 p.m. Thursday an officer was making a traffic stop on Route 3A at Fottler Rd. When the officer returned to his cruiser to issue a citation, a Chrysler Sebring crashed into the rear of the cruiser, pushing the cruiser into the stopped car.

The driver of the stopped car was not injured, but the officer and the driver of the Chrysler both received non-life threatening injuries.

The officer was transported to Quincy Medical Center. The driver of the Chrysler, 71-year-old David J. Collins, of Hull, MA, was transported to South Shore Hospital. Both were treated and released.

Officers determined that neither alcohol nor drugs were factors in the crash.

Collins, the driver of the Chrysler, told officers that as he approached the stopped cruiser, which had  its emergency lights activated, that he went to hit the brake but instead hit the gas pedal.

He was cited for Operating Negligently to Endanger and Making an Unsafe Lane Change and will appear at a future date at Hingham District Court. Police filed an immediate threat request for license suspension with the Registry of Motor Vehicles.

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