A Geneva police officer was injured and his police car smashed up pretty good when the car was hit by a vehicle whose owner was charged with driving too fast for conditions.
According to Geneva police reports, the front of a Toyota Venza driven by Barbara Lebin, 69, of Geneva collided with the rear of the Ford Taurus police car driven by Christopher Reading, 26, of Geneva, which then collided with a Suzuki XL-7 driven by Olivia Blank-Stewart, 21, of Geneva around 7:46 a.m. Sept. 17 in the 1200 block of West State Street about 10 feet west of Logan Avenue.
Reading was injured, and drove himself to Dreyer Medical Clinic after the accident.
According to the report, Reading’s “fully marked police vehicle” had pulled over Blank-Stewart’s Suzuki in the eastbound curb lane in the 1200 block of West State Street near Logan Avenue with the police car’s “emergency lights activated and operating properly.”
Lebin’s Venza was eastbound in the curb lane, and Lebin “failed to see the vehicles stopped in the roadway,” the report said.
Lebin was charged with
driving too fast for conditions and has a court date of Oct. 15.
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