Raleigh police vehicle runs red light, is hit by car at intersection

From staff reportsDecember 20, 2012 

— A police vehicle on its way to a burglary-in-progress was hit by a car early Thursday morning after the police vehicle went through a red light on Raleigh Boulevard at New Bern Avenue, possibly without all its emergency lights operating.

Officer Andrew M. Howard, 26, was on his way to a report of a burglary in progress when the crash happened at 2:32 a.m., police spokesman Jim Sughrue said.

There were no serious injuries, a police accident report says.

The report says the police vehicle “had the rear emergency lights activated,” but does not mention forward-facing lights.

Sughrue said he had no information about the lights beyond what was in the report.

The report says the 2011 Ford was headed south at 45 mph, but had slowed to about 35 mph when it was hit in the right side by a 2005 Honda that Shirley L. Fulford, 53, of Rocky Cross Road in Middlesex was driving east on New Bern Avenue.

Howard is assigned to the department’s Southwest District.

The police vehicle is not identified in the report as the type of specially equipped Ford sedan that most patrol officers drive or one of the department’s SUVs.

The report estimates damage at $6,000 for each vehicle.

It also shows that the city self-insures its vehicles.

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