Cop seriously injured after being hit by car

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:48 PM ET

TORONTO - A police officer was seriously injured early Friday after he was hit by a car and crashed through its windshield while working pay-duty on a movie shoot.

"He'll be a while recovering," Staff-Sgt. Brian Bowman said.

The 43-year-old traffic services unit officer, who joined the force three years ago, was struck just before 2:30 a.m.

He was later reported in stable condition, despite suffering several broken bones.

"He's in good spirits," Bowman said.

His wife was brought to the hospital to see her husband, whose name was not released.

The investigation continues, but alcohol was not believed to be a factor.

The officer -- one of several on pay-duty postings at various film sites overnight -- apparently landed in the front seat of the older-model four-door brown Toyota after going through the windshield.

He had just stepped out of his car to close the intersection as the movie crew prepared to film a scene.

The 38-year-old driver stopped and co-operated with investigators.

He and his passenger were not reported to have been injured.

No charges had been laid.

An investigator with the Ontario Ministry of Labour is also probing the incident.

Pay-duty officers are hired through a headquarters office to work off-duty shifts -- mostly on streets that officials require be guarded by a uniformed police officer. Their fees are paid by firms that hire them.

ian.robertson@sunmedia.ca


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