HPD officer strikes pedestrian after looking down to check computer for information

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Saturday, July 9, 2022
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The officer was on his way back to the station to finish up the remainder of his shift before he struck the man who was not on the crosswalk.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A man is expected to survive after being hit by a Houston Police Department officer completing his shift on Friday evening.

At about 10:45 p.m., the officer drove back to the station to finish his shift and complete his daily reports, according to HPD Commander Trey Coleman.

The officer allegedly looked down at his computer as he was driving before striking a middle-aged man on Harrisburg near 77th Street in East End.

The officer immediately got out of his car, rendered aid to the victim, and called in for help, officers said.

Preliminary reports state that the man suffered some lacerations and minor road rash with some bleeding. The man was taken to Ben Taub Hospital in stable condition.

The officer did not sustain any injuries and abided by the speed limit.

Police said the pedestrian was not in the crosswalk at the time of the crash.