A veteran Las Vegas police officer was hospitalized this afternoon after a pickup slipped across a median and pinned him against a minivan.
Las Vegas police said the driver of the Nissan Frontier pickup, 56-year-old Pedro Rodriguez, lost control of the truck about 4 p.m. while heading south on Valley View Boulevard just past Sahara Avenue.
Rain was considered to be a factor, Sgt. Oscar Chavez said.
The pickup struck a motorcycle officer who was standing in the northbound turn lane on Valley View after filling out an accident report.
The officer was waiting for a tow truck to come take away one of the cars involved in the accident, Chavez said.
The officer, whose name police did not release, was taken to University Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
Chavez said Rodriguez crossed the median and hit a stopped Toyota pickup before hitting the officer and his motorcycle.
Rodriguez passed a field sobriety test at the scene, and speed is not considered a factor, according to Chavez.
Rodriguez is expected to face a citation of failing to maintain a travel lane, Chavez said.