Cranston police officer hurt in motorcycle crash during funeral procession

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CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) – A Cranston police officer was hurt in a traffic accident Thursday morning in Johnston.

Chief Michael Winquist told Eyewitness News that the motorcycle officer was escorting a funeral procession on Atwood Avenue in Johnston when another driver pulled out in front of him, causing a collision.

The officer was thrown from the motorcycle and was taken to Rhode Island Hospital for treatment of injuries that included several broken bones. Winquist said those injuries aren’t believed to be life-threatening.

Deputy Chief Daniel Parrillo of the Johnston Police Department told Eyewitness News that the crash happened at 11 a.m. in front of 1414 Atwood Avenue, when a car pulling out of a parking lot there collided with the motorcycle. The officer suffered a broken right wrist, Parrillo said, and police cited the driver of the car with failing to yield to an emergency vehicle and failing to yield when entering a road.

Winquist identified the officer as Inspector Andrew DaCosta, who has been with the department for 14 years.