A collision involving a Lexington police cruiser sent three people to the hospital with minor injuries Friday night.
According to a Lexington police news release, the cruiser was responding to a priority call with its lights and sirens on when it was struck by a 1994 Toyota Corolla at Parkers Mill Road and Man o' War Boulevard. The police car, driven by officer Timothy Fritz, was attempting to turn onto Parkers Mill when it was struck.
Fritz was taken to Central Baptist Hospital with minor injuries and was later released. The driver of the Corolla, Amber Devine of Independence, and a passenger in her car were taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital with minor injuries, according to police. Devine was released later in the morning, a spokeswoman said.
The police news release says Devine stated "she never saw or heard the cruiser prior to the collision; however, other witnesses not involved in the collision yielded to officer Fritz's vehicle and confirmed that his emergency equipment was activated."
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Police said speed was not thought to be a factor in the collision, and seat belts were in use in both vehicles.
There have been two other serious collisions involving police cruisers in Lexington this year.
In May, Lexington police officer Justin Rowland's patrol car collided with a car carrying a newlywed couple to their wedding reception after the officer ran a red light. Joe and Amy Snider were injured in the May 21 crash at Nicholasville Road and Pasadena Drive.
Last week, officer Anthony J. Guidugli was heading north in the left lane of Harrodsburg Road about 5 a.m. Aug. 7 when a 1999 Toyota Corolla entered the intersection, traveling west. Guidugli swerved left, but his patrol car struck the Corolla in the driver-side door.
The driver of the Corolla, Travis Sutherland, 21, of Versailles, was killed.