St. Pete police officer injured in collision
A St. Petersburg police officer was seriously injured in a collision this afternoon, police said. At 2:28 p.m., a 2004 marked Ford police cruiser driven by on duty Officer Bridget Voelker was westbound on 1st Avenue North in the north curb lane. At the same time, a 2011 Chevrolet truck driven by Cynthia Johnson, 48, of St, Petersburg was southbound on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street North in the east curb lane. Both vehicles entered the intersection at 1st Avenue North & Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Street North simultaneously and collided, police said. Voelker was taken to Bayfront Medical Center with serious injuries, police said. A passenger in the Chevrolet, Carolyn Leonard, 51, of St. Petersburg, was also taken to Bayfront; her condition was not available.Police said the intersection is controlled by traffic signals which were working properly at the time of the collision. The incident remains under investigation.