Inglewood Mayor James Butts was driving his Chevrolet Tahoe this week when he was involved in an accident that seriously injured a Los Angeles police officer.
According to local ABC affiliate ABC7, Mayor Butts was sitting at red light waiting to make a left turn when he accelerated and entered the intersection. At this point, a Honda Accord travelling in the oncoming lane hit the right rear of Butts’ Tahoe, sending it spinning onto the sidewalk. Butts’ Tahoe then impacted a nearby LAPD motorcycle officer, who was standing next to his bike with his motorcycle helmet on.
A traffic camera captured the entire accident on video, which is embedded above.
The officer involved in the accident, a longtime motorcycle officer with the department, suffered serious injuries but is now in stable condition. The outcome may have been different if he weren’t wearing a helmet – one lucky part of an otherwise extremely unfortunate situation. He was held overnight at hospital for observation and later released.
The Inglewood mayor, who is also a former motorcycle officer, released a statement following the crash, but did not explain why he seemingly accelerated into the path of a car that had the right of way.