TEMPLE (July 3, 2014) Temple motorcycle William Pettyjohn, 45, remained in Baylor Scott & White Hospital Thursday afternoon after he was struck by an out-of-control car during a traffic stop and thrown about 20 feet, police said.
Pettyjohn, a 14-year veteran of the department, received non-life-threatening injuries in the accident, Temple police Cpl. Christopher Wilcox said Thursday afternoon.
Pettyjohn said he’s “humbled and thankful for all the kind words, thoughts, and prayers,” Wilcox said in a press release.
Pettyjohn made the traffic stop at around 7:45 a.m. on the northbound interstate near mile marker 296, Wilcox said, and was returning to his motorcycle when the accident occurred.
Investigators have determined that a northbound Chrysler sedan collided with a northbound Dodge pickup truck as the car’s driver moved from the right lane into the center lane, Wilcox said.
The collision caused the drivers to lose control of the vehicles, both of which began to skid, Wilcox said.
The pickup struck Pettyjohn’s motorcycle and then rolled one or two times before coming to rest in the median, he said.
The Chryslser slid northbound in the right traffic lane and struck the officer, who was thrown about 20 feet and landed near the front left side of the vehicle he pulled over, Wilcox said.
The driver of the pickup and a passenger were also taken to a local hospital with what Wilcox said were non-life-threatening injuries.
The driver of the Chrysler and the driver whom Pettyjohn pulled over escaped injury.
Two of the three northbound lanes in the area of the accident were closed until late Thursday morning and at one point traffic backed up about five miles, the Texas Department of Transportation said.