Officer hurt in crash during procession to trooper’s funeral


DOVER, Del. (AP) — Authorities say a Delaware motorcycle police officer was injured in a crash while helping escort a procession to the funeral of a slain state trooper.

Dover police said in a statement Monday that the officer, an 11-year veteran of the force, was injured Friday as the procession traveled to Wilmington for the funeral of Cpl. Stephen Ballard.

As the procession merged onto state Route 1, police say the motorcycle officer passed to the left to get to the front, but another officer’s cruiser swerved into the same lane. The motorcycle hit the cruiser, and the officer was thrown from the motorcycle.

The officer was taken to a hospital with a broken leg, facial laceration and other injuries. The Dover Police Department’s Accident Reconstruction Unit is investigating the crash.