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Motorcycle Officer Injured in Crash

A Los Angeles police officer’s ribs and pelvis were broken when a car swerved into his motorcycle Wednesday afternoon, police said.

Officer Franklyn Orlando, 28, was riding north on Woodley Avenue and had pulled into the center two-way turn lane about 12:40 p.m. when another northbound car cut through the lane in an abrupt U-turn and hit Orlando’s cycle, Officer Edward Waschak said.

Orlando was taken to Holy Cross Medical Center in serious condition and was treated for the broken ribs and pelvis as well as a broken wrist, Waschak said.

The driver of the car, a 17-year-old Granada Hills resident, was not detained, but the investigation is continuing, Waschak said.

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The crash occurred less than three weeks after rookie LAPD Officer Gabriel Perez-Negron was killed in a traffic accident a few miles away, on Sherman Way at Balboa Boulevard, when a speeding car ran a red light and smashed into his patrol car.


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