NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Family and fellow North Las Vegas Police officers waited outside the emergency room at University Medical Center Thursday night for progress reports on their loved one. A North Las Vegas patrolman suffered critical injuries after a car struck him.
"There for the grace of god," said North Las Vegas Police Lt. Jerry Hamilton. "It could be any one of us. We do take it personally, because guys are out there every day, and they put themselves in harm's way."
The accident happened at 5:30 p.m. Thursday evening near Carey Avenue and Commerce Street. Investigators say the officer was traveling westbound on Carey when a Chevy sedan – traveling eastbound on Carey - attempted a left turn onto Commerce.
Police say the driver of the sedan, 24-year-old Jalinda Oliver, failed to yield to the officer, causing the collision. The impact forced the officer off his bike and vaulted him approximately 30 feet.