Injured Police Officer To Drivers: Slow Down

By Mark Carlson, Iowa City Bureau Chief


By Aaron Hepker

CORALVILLE, Iowa - A Coralville police officer returned to street patrol this week after being injured during a winter storm earlier this month. Officer Mike Wright was helping drivers along Interstate 80 in early December when a semi lost control and slammed into his car.

“I never heard it coming, all the sudden the world exploded,” Wright recalled of the crash. “It was a really loud bang, I got thrown 10 to 15 feet.”

Wright suffered a concussion, bumps, bruises and a knee injury in the incident. He will again be on the street this weekend as another winter storm bears down on the area.

“I’ll have my head on a swivel,” he said. “We have to be alert all the time.”

Wright is asking drivers to please take it easy for the sake of all public workers.

“Please slow down,” he said. “Just because it says 55-65 doesn’t mean that’s how fast you need to be going.”

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