New Castle News


June 6, 2013

City policeman injured in crash

NEW CASTLE — A New Castle police officer was injured Wednesday in a collision downtown.

According to Chris Fabian, New Castle traffic corporal, a city police car driven by John Melnik, 38, was en route to an incident around 1:25 p.m., southbound on Mill Street with sirens and lights flashing.

The traffic light had turned green as the cruiser crossed the intersection of North Street, Fabian said. A black Hyundai sedan, driven by 84-year-old Charles Ramsey of Ray Street, was westbound on North Street and had the red light, according to Fabian. He drove through the intersection and hit Melnik’s cruiser broadside, Fabian said. The cruiser then hit a light pole and a decorative trash bin.

Melnik was taken to Jameson Hospital to be checked, Fabian said, adding he had suffered a cut on his arm.

Ramsey did not appear to be injured and refused medical treatment, according to Fabian.

The cruiser driver’s side and left front end were severely damaged, Fabian said, adding Ramsey’s car has severe front-end damage. Both vehicles were towed.

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