LANCASTER – A Lancaster Sheriff’s Station field sergeant was injured Thursday night when his patrol car flipped over after he swerved to avoid a pedestrian in the road, authorities said.
The collision occurred around 9 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 16 on Sierra Hwy at Avenue J-8 in Lancaster, according to Lt. Slade Carrizosa of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.
At the time, the field sergeant was “responding Code 3 to an assistance request by a Lancaster Station patrol deputy,” Carrizosa stated.
While driving south on Sierra Highway, the sergeant saw a pedestrian in the roadway and swerved his patrol car to avoid hitting the pedestrian, according to Carrizosa.
“The sergeant avoided hitting the pedestrian and collided with the southwest curb and a business sign,” Carrizosa stated. “The collision caused his patrol car to overturn.”
A witness to the collision said a woman crossing the street caused the crash.
“This lady was jaywalking across the street, totally oblivious to what was going on…kept walking like nothing happened after he’d crashed the car,” said Janet (who did not give her last name). “He swerved to miss her; [the patrol car] went straight up and it came back down on the roof.”
The sergeant was transported via ambulance to Antelope Valley Hospital, where he is being treated for moderate injuries and is listed in stable condition, according to Carrizosa.
The pedestrian was not injured.