An Akron police officer accompanying a funeral procession was injured when another car crashed into the police cruiser Thursday afternoon. Two occupants in the oncoming vehicle were hurt as well.
According to a news release, the officer was escorting the funeral procession from Newcomer Funeral Home on North Canton Road shortly before 2 p.m. Thursday.
Beacon Journal/Ohio.com news partner News 5 Cleveland reported the funeral procession was for Olivia Hamey, who was killed by her fiance in a murder/suicide last week.
As the procession drove north on Darrow Road, about a block north of the funeral home, a Chevy Malibu driven by a 21-year-old Akron woman struck the police cruiser.
The officer was temporarily trapped in the vehicle because of the damage and taken to Summa Akron City Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries once removed.
The Malibu driver and her passenger were taken to Cleveland Clinic Akron General with non-life-threatening injuries.
According to police, the driver was cited for a left turn approaching traffic, driving on a suspended driver’s license and right of way for a funeral procession. The driver also had a warrant for driving on a suspended license from the Copley Police Department, police said.