MPD bike officer hit by vehicle; driver cited

A 43-year-old Medford police officer who was patrolling the downtown area on bicycle is recovering from minor injuries after he was struck by a car that failed to heed a traffic light Saturday night.

Police cited Faustino Gomez-Cortes, 18, of Medford for failing to obey a traffic-control device, said officer Don Lane.

The crash occurred at 9:55 p.m. Saturday while two police officers were patrolling downtown Medford on bicycles. The name of the injured officer is being with withheld, said Lane

The two cycling officers, who patrol downtown Medford, the Bear Creek Greenway and local parks, were traveling east on 8th Street where it crosses Riverside Avenue through a green traffic signal when a vehicle in the northbound lanes on Riverside Avenue struck one of the men.

After being transported by ambulance to the hospital, the officer was released with minor injuries.

"He had abrasions on his arms from sliding on the asphalt," Lane said. "He was released and he's at home right now."

Lane said officers determined Gomez-Cortes was not impaired at the time of the accident.

Both officers had helmets, lights and reflectors.

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