Report: North Carolina Police Officer Was Distracted Before Vehicle Accident
WILMINGTON, NC. – According to an online news story reported by newsobserver.com, a police officer who was involved in a January vehicle accident in Wilmington, North Carolina, was distracted before the accident occurred. The officer ran into the back of another vehicle, and reports now indicate he was looking at the computer in his vehicle at the time.
On January 15, Officer Ryan Nichalous Kuzian, of the Wilmington Police Department, was traveling in the city in his police cruiser. It is not clear what road he was on at the time. He ended up rear-ending another vehicle and sustained a leg injury in the wreck. The police cruiser had about $3,500 in damage to the front end, while the other vehicle had about $2,000 in damage to the back end.
Information released by the Wilmington Police Department now indicates that prior to the accident, Kuzian looked down at the computer inside his cruiser and did not notice that traffic had stopped in front of him. The wreck has now been categorized a distracted driving accident.
The City of Wilmington is conducting a full investigation of the incident, which will include evaluations by internal affairs and city safety committees. At the time of the accident, Kuzian was not issued a citation. He is currently on medical leave, still recovering from his leg injury, according to reports.
The driver of the other vehicle has not been named, and it is not clear if anyone inside that vehicle was injured. The investigation is ongoing, and additional information has not yet been released to the public.
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