OGDEN -- An Ogden Police Department traffic officer was hospitalized Wednesday after crashing on his motorcycle into a car that tried to turn in front of him.
Ogden Police Lt. Chad Ledford said the officer, identified in a news release as Scott Gardiner, was riding south in the inside lane of Washington Boulevard around 3:50 p.m. when Margaret Isaac, 47, driving northbound in a silver Lexus, tried turning left onto 30th Street. The motorcycle and the Lexus collided, and Gardiner was thrown several yards.
"I'm not sure if (Isaac) didn't see him, but she didn't stop," Ledford said.
Gardiner was transported to McKay-Dee Hospital with a broken ankle, according to the release. Ledford said Isaac was uninjured, though she was in shock after the accident and received medical treatment.
Ledford said there was no reason to believe Isaac was distracted when driving. However, because the accident involved an Ogden police officer, the Utah Highway Patrol conducted the investigation into the accident. The release stated Isaac was cited for failure to yield.
Southbound traffic on Washington Boulevard was diverted onto 30th Street while crews were at the scene. The motorcycle received substantial damage.
It was the second serious accident within a week in Ogden involving a motorcycle. On April 18, a motorcycle driver lost his leg in an accident in front of Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College on Washington Boulevard.
Drivers need to be more alert for motorcycles, especially in the warmer months, Ledford said.
"This was an unfortunate accident that should have been avoided," he said. "It's springtime, and drivers need to be aware that there will be more motorcycles on the road."