RICHMOND -- A motorcyclist speeding through an intersection ignored a red light and broadsided a car driven by an undercover Richmond police officer on Wednesday, police said.
The wreck happened around 10 p.m., when the motorcyclist ran a red light on 23rd Street at the intersection of Rheem Avenue, Richmond police Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said. The motorcycle was estimated to be going at least 80 mph in the 25 mph zone, police said.
Richmond Police Chief Chris Magnus posted a short comment about the incident on Twitter, saying the officer saw the motorcyclist going 80 mph, "run red light and broadside one of our undercover cars."
The motorcyclist was thrown several feet into the air and suffered severe injuries to his leg but was expected to survive his injuries, Abetkov said. He was taken by helicopter to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, she said.
Air bags inside the undercover car were deployed after the collision, and the officer was not injured seriously, Abetkov said.
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