Woman, Daytona Police Officer Injured In Crash

Woman said to be at-fault in accident, according to police


Daytona Beach, FL - A Daytona Beach police officer and another driver were sent to the hospital after the two of them collided.

The Daytona Beach Police Department reports that Officer Foreman, who has been with the DBPD just under a year, was westbound on Mason Avenue last night around 8:40, enroute to a call. An email from Messod Bendayan, DBPD's public information officer, stated that Foreman was on his way to a low priority call, meaning his lights and sirens were not active.

As Officer Forman entered the intersection of Jimmy Ann Drive and Mason Avenue, a 2012 Ford Fusion operated by 80-year-old Bessie Thomas that was eastbound on Mason started to turn left to join northbound Jimmy Ann. While Thomas made her turn, Officer Foreman collided with the passenger side of her vehicle.

Per witness statements documented in DBPD's incident report, Thomas failed to yield the right of way to Officer Foreman, entering the path of his vehicle and causing the crash.

Officer Foreman was transported to AdventHealth Daytona Beach for minor injuries, which consisted of lacerations on his right arm and lip and a bruise on his forehead. Thomas was transported to Halifax Health Medical Center, where she was determined to have a fractured rib.

Because of the accident's severity, Florida Highway Patrol will take over the investigation. The Daytona Beach Police Department also notifed reporters via email that they have no comments, since FHP is now handling the investigation.

There is no indication if Thomas will be charged or not.


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