Driver charged after she hits Middletown police vehicle

2:05 p.m Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017 Middletown
A Monroe woman was charged after she hit a Middletown police cruiser that was responding to an injury accident Tuesday morning. Nancy Gerth was charged with failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, police said. RICK McCRABB/STAFF

A Monroe woman was charged with a traffic violation after she crashed into a Middletown police cruiser Tuesday morning, police said.

Nancy Gerth, 62, was charged with failure to yield to an emergency vehicle after she hit the police vehicle in the intersection of Roosevelt and Breiel boulevards at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, said Lt. David Birk of the Middletown police department.

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Police officer Kenny Rogers was not injured and he returned to work Wednesday, Birk said.

Rogers was traveling westbound on Roosevelt to an injury car accident with his lights and sirens activated, Birk said.

An eye witness told police the cruiser sat at the intersection for “a very long time” waiting for traffic to clear, Birk said.

The light was red when Rogers entered the intersection and was struck by Gerth’s vehicle that was traveling south on Breiel Boulevard. She was not injured, Birk said.

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Gerth said she did not see or hear the sirens prior to entering the intersection, according to her statement on the crash report.

She hit the cruiser on the back panel of the passenger side and flattened the back tire, Birk said. The cruiser was towed to the City Garage.

Birk said motorists need to be aware of their surroundings and yield to emergency vehicles.

The accident, he said, could have been avoided.

Earlier this year, there was a rash of accidents involving Middletown cruisers, but Birk said there haven’t been many in recent months.

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