Policewoman injured after cruiser pushes her off an elevated highway
Posted on Jul 08, 2011
A Baltimore policewoman was injured in an accident involving a car and pedestrian on June 21.
Officer Teresa Rigby, 27, was standing near the northbound lanes of the Jones Falls Expressway (Interstate 83) near the Pepsi plant while a broken-down vehicle was being towed. A Saab vehicle veered off the road and crashed into her police cruiser.
The cruiser was pushed forward from the impact and hit Rigby. Rigby was then pushed over a barrier wall on the side of the elevated road and fell 30 feet into a concrete parking lot.
She was immediately rushed to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center where her condition was declared critical.
Rigby underwent two surgeries over the next two days. Doctors repaired her fractured pelvis, put a rod in a fractured leg and performed a facial reconstructive surgery on Rigby.
By Thursday, her condition was elevated to serious, although hospital staff warned she might still be in the hospital for quite a while.
The driver of the Saab was treated for injuries and released.
Police are still investigating the accident and have declined to provide the names of any of the other drivers involved. They do not believe alcohol was a factor.