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Basketball player hit by Ohio officer recovering

1:39 PM, Dec 7, 2013   |    comments
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DELAWARE, Ohio -- A basketball player for Ohio Wesleyan University was recovering at home after being struck by a Delaware police cruiser early Thanksgiving morning.

The incident occurred at about 12:17 a.m. at the intersection of Sandusky Street and Central Avenue, according to police.

Caroline Walker, 21, a junior at OWU, said she was crossing the street in the crosswalk when the officer struck her.

"I have a concussion, and I'm really sore. But thankfully no broken bones," Caroline told NBC4 by phone Tuesday night.

Officer Mark Jackson was charged with failure to yield. In his statement that was filed with the incident report, Jackson admitted to not seeing Welker in the crosswalk as he turned left onto Central Avenue.

The report states the Officer Jackson was en route to a disturbance call at The Jug, located at 837 N. Houk Rd. when the incident occurred.

Jackson waived his court appearance Tuesday, and paid a $135 fine.

Delaware Police Chief Bruce Pijanowski released the following statement to NBC4 Wednesday afternoon:

"In the time since the  incident that occurred on 11-28-13 at 12:21 AM,  our primary concern has been for the continued recovery and health of Caroline Welker.  As protectors of the public, it is extremely upsetting that she was injured.  The officer involved, Mark Jackson, has been cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian.   Ofc. Jackson is a hard working and dedicated officer, serving with the Delaware Police Department for ten years.  

"Ofc. Jackson acted appropriately after the incident.   He immediately called for a medic and rendered first aid.  He fully cooperated with the investigation.  Pursuant to standard procedure, a urine sample was collected for analysis, the results of which are still pending.  We do not anticipate that alcohol or drugs were any way involved in this incident. He does have a previous caution and counseling for a crash that occurred on Nov. 26, 2013."


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