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Former Santa Monica Police Chief James Butts involved in Inglewood Car Crash

An LAPD motorcycle officer was thrown off his bike and into a fountain from a crash near USC. One of the vehicles that was involved appears to have been carrying the mayor of Inglewood.

ABC News reports that their Newscopter was over the scene near an entrance to USC around 9 a.m. when first responders were seen treating a woman and her 4-year-old child, who was not hurt.

The officer suffered substantial injuries but is in stable condition.

"He was stationary in front of the water fountain and struck by the black SUV at that position. It struck him and threw him into the fountain," explained LAPD Capt. Giselle Espinoza.

One of the vehicles involved, a black SUV, is registered to the Inglewood Police Department. Video shot by AIR7 HD appears to show Inglewood Mayor James Butts at the scene with police officers and another unidentified man.

The city has not commented about whether the mayor was involved in the accident.

The longtime LAPD motor officer was stopped near the fountain when the black SUV and sedan suddenly collided as the SUV was turning onto the campus near Exposition Boulevard and Figueora Street.


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