Dover PD officer’s leg broken during procession crash

DOVER – A Dover Police officer suffered a broken leg after his motorcycle crashed en route to the funeral of a slain Delaware State Police trooper, authorities said Monday.

Cpl. Jason Pfeiffer was thrown from the motorcycle after it clipped the back of a Dover police cruiser last Friday morning at approximately 5 a.m., spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said.

The hospitalized officer also suffered a facial laceration and other non-life threatening injuries. For security reasons, police did not update his status on Monday.

The accident occurred as Cpl. Pfeiffer was merging onto Del. 1 near Exit 104 and the Dodge Charger swerved into the same lane, Cpl. Hoffman said. The motorcycle was passing on the left in order to move to the front of the procession, police said.

Several Dover Police officers were heading toward the funeral at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington in dark, windy rainy conditions when the crash happened, authorities said.

The Harley Davidson was deemed a total loss, Cpl. Hoffman said, and no cost of motorcycle was available.

“Like all of our vehicles, it is insured,” Cpl. Hoffman said.

The Dodge Charger sustained “heavy damage to the rear of the vehicle, specifically the driver side rear door.”

The Dover Police Accident Reconstruction Unit’s investigation was ongoing Monday, and Cpl. Hoffman declined further comment.

The injured officer is an 11-year veteran of the Dover Police Department.

Cpl. Hoffman said it was undetermined whether any further information will be released since “it was another officer, it will depend on the findings, as it may become a personnel matter.”

Five of the seven-member motorcycle unit members were taking part in the procession, authorities said.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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