HAMDEN — An officer directing traffic at Mix Avenue and Benham Street was struck by a vehicle late Friday afternoon and has suffered head, back and neck injuries, according to a police press release.
The officer was facilitating the flow of traffic at that location because of a traffic light malfunction, the release said.
At about 4:30 p.m., the release said, the officer was struck by a motor vehicle driven by a 79 year-old Woodbridge resident. The officer hit his head on the vehicle and pavement, the release said. He was transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital.
Officer Stephen DeGrand of the Traffic Division is conducting the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact him at 203-230-4036.
Hamden police encourage motorists to adhere to the following safety measures when an officer is directing traffic:
— Reduce speed below the posted speed limit.
— Move over a lane if possible, unless such movement would be considered unsafe.
— If uncertain how to proceed, wait inside your vehicle until the officer approaches you.