APD officer hits juvenile pedestrian

Published: Jan. 12, 2018 at 5:09 PM AKST
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Correction: The initial APD release stated that the dog was "unleashed." Now, the department makes a correction saying that "the dog was on a leash."

An on duty Anchorage police officer got into a collision with a juvenile pedestrian, Friday afternoon.

According to the Anchorage Police Department, at around 3:05 p.m. their officer was traveling southbound along Boniface Parkway, towards Debarr Road. Meanwhile, the juvenile was reportedly in the median with a leashed dog.

APD says both the juvenile and the dog ran into oncoming traffic together, and this is when the on duty officer struck the juvenile.

The mother of the victim told KTUU that her son lost grip of the leashed dog. As a result, the dog ran into the street, and her son chased after it.

Both medics and additional APD officers responded to the scene. APD reports that the juvenile was transport to the hospital with "serious but non-life threatening injuries."

Also called to the scene was the APD traffic unit. After two hours of blocked traffic, all lanes on Boniface Parkway have been reopened.