A Los Angeles Police Department motorcycle officer was struck by a hit-and-run driver on the 105 Freeway near Lynwood early Monday, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The crash was reported on the westbound 105 Freeway near Atlantic Avenue about 5:30 a.m. It occurred when a vehicle crossed into the carpool lane of the freeway and struck the motorcycle officer. The vehicle fled after the crash, according to witnesses and a CHP traffic log.
The motorcyclist is an officer with the LAPD’s Central Traffic Division. He was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries, said Officer Drake Madison.
“Thankfully, it was minor, especially on the freeway, where you expect speeds to be higher,” Madison said.
The carpool lane on the 105 was blocked for more than an hour as officials investigated the crash and loaded the damaged motorcycle onto a tow truck. The lane reopened shortly after 7 a.m.
Authorities are searching for a silver or dark-colored BMW that is suspected to have been involved in the crash. The vehicle probably has damage to its rear left side door or quarter panel, the CHP said.