2 Durham officers, deputy injured in motorcycle crash during training exercise
Posted February 7
Updated February 8
Bahama, N.C. — Two Durham police motorcycle officers and a sheriff's deputy on a motorcycle were involved in a serious crash during a training exercise Tuesday afternoon in the 8500 block of South Lowell Road.
The crash happened at about 3:15 p.m. in Bahama, according to authorities.
According to the State Highway Patrol, a 2013 Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by Deputy Paul Aiken was traveling north on S. Lowell Road when Aiken lost control, traveled off the road and struck a ditch.
As a result of Aiken's crash, Officer Larry Cox, who was also operating a 2013 Harley Davidson, traveled off the road, struck a ditch and overturned. Officer Francisco Miguel DeVera-Rodriguez, who was operating a 2015 Harley Davidson, traveled onto the northbound shoulder, struck a utility pole support wire and overturned.
According to Sheriff Michael Andrews, the officers and deputy involved had recently concluded a funeral escort and were practicing their formations.
The three men were taken to Duke University Hospital for treatment. Aiken and Cox sustained minor injuries and Rodriguez suffered serious but non-life threatening injured authorities said.
DeVera-Rodriquez remained hospitalized on Wednesday but Cox was released from the hospital on Tuesday night.
Durham County Sheriff Michael Andrews said everyone involved appreciates the community's support and prayers for the officers' full recovery.
Investigators with the State Highway Patrol are still attempting to identify the cause of the initial crash.