Police motorcycle officer seriously injured in traffic collision

SAN MARCOS (CNS) – A San Diego police motorcycle officer on his way to work was seriously injured in a traffic collision in San Marcos Wednesday, authorities said.

Officer Bruce Byrd was riding his motorcycle eastbound on Borden Road when the crash occurred at Palo Alto Court about 5:50 a.m., according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, which was handling the investigation because it patrols San Marcos.

As the officer approached the intersection, a 27-year-old Escondido woman driving a 2000 Honda Civic northbound on Palo Alto Court turned left onto westbound Borden Road in front of Byrd's motorcycle, said sheriff's Sgt. Stephanie Guerra.

The motorcycle struck the driver's side of the Civic and Byrd sustained a broken leg, hip injury and laceration to his head, according to Guerra.

Though seriously injured, the officer was conscious when an ambulance took him to Palomar Medical Center, said sheriff's Lt. Jim Walker.

The driver of the Civic did not appear to be injured, according to the lieutenant.

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