A Dayton Police Department officer is recovering after being struck by a car over the weekend during a charity motorcycle ride in Springfield.
The crash happened before 4 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Columbus Avenue and Wheel Street during a charity bike run, according to the Springfield Police Division.
The officer hit has been identified as Jeffery Holmes, according to a police division report.
Andrew Marshall, 90, of Springfield was driving a white 1988 Oldsmobile. He had “stopped at the stop sign on Wheel Street just north of Columbus Avenue facing south. Marshall attempted to cross over Columbus Avenue” and allegedly struck Holmes’ motorcycle, the police report says.
The report also says Marshall allegedly hit another car that was stopped on Bellevue Avenue.
Holmes was flown by a CareFlight medical helicopter from the scene. His injuries weren’t disclosed but he has since been released from Miami Valley Hospital and is recovering at home, according to a Dayton Police Department public information officer.
The investigation is ongoing, according to Springfield police.
Katie Cornell lives a few hundred feet from where the crash occurred. She went to a gas station down the street from her home and came back to the scene.
“I came back to an officer laying in the middle of the road, that he got hit by a car on his motorcycle,” Cornell said. “There was people, cops, ambulances. It was just packed everywhere.”
David Bush is the general manager of Ride One Powersports in Springfield. Drivers have to stop, he said, and wait until everyone is through during rides before trying to cross a road.
He also recommended drivers treat motorcycles like cars.
“Let’s just say it’s a motorcycle, for instance, and you’re riding and maybe they are going a little slower than you would like,” he said. “You need to back off. You always want to use a car’s length, just like you would another car.”