Oakland Co. deputy OK after on-duty motorcycle crash

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

An Oakland County Sheriff’s deputy was seriously injured but expected to recover after a motorcycle crash early Wednesday morning in Commerce Township, officials said.

The 46-year-old deputy was on-duty and riding around 6:30 a.m. on northbound Newton near Richardson when an SUV approached from the opposite direction, officials said in a press release.

“A white GMC SUV failed to yield and turned left in front of (the deputy), heading east on Richardson,” officials said.

The 20-year police veteran bailed off his bike to avoid a direct collision, Sgt. Randy Praski said earlier Wednesday.

“He took his bike down so he wouldn’t get injured,” Praski said. “He got some road rash and he’s been transported to the hospital, but everything looks good at this point.”

Officials in their press release also said the deputy received injuries to his eye, face, leg and hands. He was taken to Beaumont Hospital Farmington Hills in “serious but stable condition.”

The SUV driver remained at the scene.

“The driver of the SUV, a 61-year-old female from Commerce Township, stopped to assist the deputy,” officials said.

The crash remains under investigation by the sheriff’s reconstruction unit.


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