Cocoa Police Motorcycle Officer Injured In Hit-and-Run Crash, Rockledge Police Investigating

By  //  April 30, 2017

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Cocoa Police Motorcycle Officer Rickford Leitch is recovering in the hospital after a Sunday morning hit-and-run crash during a police escort. Above, members of Brevard County law enforcement’s motorcycle units outside the hospital after the crash. (Cocoa police image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Cocoa Police Motorcycle Officer Rickford Leitch is recovering in the hospital after a Sunday morning hit-and-run crash during a police escort.

The Rockledge Police Department is investigating the crash, and is seeking the driver of a Jeep Cherokee who is described as a black male in his late 20’s or early 30’s, possible mustache and goatee, and short hair with possibly short dreds.

“Officer Rickford Leitch was one of more than a dozen police motor officers from multiple jurisdictions throughout Brevard County working to escort the Moving Wall through Brevard County to its stop at Wickham Park,” said Yvonne Martinez, Cocoa Police Public Information Officer.

“As the procession moved south on U.S. 1 approaching Rosa L. Jones Drive, the driver of a dark blue Jeep Cherokee, also southbound on the highway, attempted to turn east on to Rosa L. Jones Drive and pulled directly in front of Motor Officer Leitch, who was traveling full speed to secure the next traffic control point in the procession.”

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Officer Leitch struck the driver side of the vehicle, which caused him to be thrown from the motor, flipping several times before landing.

He was transported to the hospital where he is currently being evaluated. His injuries are not life threatening.

“The driver of the Jeep Cherokee fled from officers who attempted to stop him,” said Martinez. “The Jeep has heavy damage to the driver side door and is missing the driver side mirror.”

Anyone with information should contact CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS. Callers can remain anonymous and can be eligible for cash rewards of up to $1,000 in this case.

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