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2 Durham officers, deputy injured in motorcycle crash during training exercise

Posted February 7
Updated February 8

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— 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.

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  • Trent Hall Feb 8, 10:02 a.m.
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    Well Greg since you know so much about the accident, make sure you contact the Highway Patrol and let them know about your fact based findings. Im sure your personal opinions about their conduct will help in their investigation.
    I've got an opinion about your opinion, but I may get banned of I share them.

  • Greg Magnus Feb 8, 8:50 a.m.
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    I am glad that the officers are going to be alright. That said I do not believe for one SECOND that they were conducting "training", it's more likely they were racing and did not realize how fast they were approaching the curve and lost control. As one person mentioned "those bikes are a long way into the field". I am willing to bet that there will not be any charges filed for speeding or careless & reckless driving....any takers?

  • John Kramer Feb 8, 6:20 a.m.
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    Not in the least, just smart enough to know it.

  • Ed Ray Feb 8, 6:18 a.m.
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    Here hold my beer watch this. Sounds like a bad game of Simon says.

  • Charles Williams Feb 7, 9:47 p.m.
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    Ummm, funeral escorts are not usually conducted at 65mph.

  • Angus Young Feb 7, 8:26 p.m.
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    Coming from a real pro no doubt.

  • John Kramer Feb 7, 7:43 p.m.
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    Amateur comments from amateur motorcyclists really have no place in this discussion. Enough already!

  • George Orwell Feb 7, 6:41 p.m.
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    Edward: Lincoln, NE. Didn't know that and a little unexpected place. Was it strictly for the US market?

    Mark: I say that because they were practicing formation and at high speed. I had the exact same accident in 1990, going 65-70 where I should have been at 40 and the curve wouldn't let me get away with it.

    My comment above is that motor officers have the wrong type of equipment for the job if they are expected to perform high speed maneuvers.

  • Trent Hall Feb 7, 6:29 p.m.
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    3 law enforcement officers are in the hospital after being seriously injured in the line of duty serving our community and you guys are debating motorcycles. Smh.

  • Angus Young Feb 7, 6:20 p.m.
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    The bike didn't have a thing to do with what happened.

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