On 2/08/2011 at approximately 5:45 P.M., an Overland Park Officer stopped in his car on the shoulder of east bound I-435 HWY and Metcalf Avenue was struck from behind by a passing car. The driver of the striking car did not stop for the accident. The Officer was not injured, and was able to immediately broadcast over the radio the suspect vehicle description.
A short time later a Leawood Police Officer located and stopped the suspect vehicle. The driver of the striking car was identified as a 19 year old man from Prairie Village. Olathe Police responded to investigate the accident.
This is the second incident in 2 days where an Overland Park Police car has been struck while stopped along a highway. We have had 3 cars struck in the last 19 days. Luckily only minor injuries have been reported in these events.
Please slow down and move over for stopped emergency vehicles!
Thank you to the Leawood Police Department and the Olathe Police Department for their assistance in this case.