SWANSEA, Ill. (AP) -- O’Fallon authorities are investigating a crash that left a 15-year-old pedestrian in serious condition after a police officer hit her with a city vehicle.
Investigators will check the phone records of the O’Fallon police captain to see if he was on his cellphone at the time of the collision Friday, Swansea Police Chief Mike Arnold told the Belleville News-Democrat. The officer told investigators he wasn’t using his phone, Arnold said, but a witness said she saw the driver on his cellphone during the crash.
No charges or disciplinary action have been reported.
Police haven’t released the name of the teen, who remains in serious condition, Arnold said. She was running across Illinois 159 when the officer hit her, he said.
An Illinois State Police accident reconstruction report could take at least four to six weeks to be completed, he said.