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LAPD sergeant injured when struck by speeding car, police say

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A Los Angeles police sergeant who was assisting a disabled motorist at a 110 Freeway off-ramp was seriously injured early Saturday when a speeding driver plowed into a concrete barrier and pinned him against his patrol car, authorities said.

The sergeant, identified only as a 45-year-old man, was being treated at USC Medical Center following the accident that occurred shortly after 3 a.m., according to an LAPD spokeswoman.

The sergeant was assisting a motorist whose vehicle was stalled on the southbound freeway off-ramp at the 5th Street exit, according to the California Highway Patrol. A second police officer, on a motorcycle, had arrived on the scene to help direct traffic.

The marked police car and motorcycle were parked behind the disabled vehicle, authorities said.

A gray Chevrolet Monte Carlo barreled off the highway, going at least 65 mph, before applying his brakes, authorities said. The driver lost control of the vehicle, slammed into a concrete barrier and pinned the sergeant, who was standing nearby, against his own patrol car.

The motorcycle officer saw the Monte Carlo in time to move out of the way, authorities said.

The incident remains under investigation.

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