VIDEO: Female college basketball player sidelined after being struck by police car

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Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 1:28pm

A female college basketball player is forced to sit on the sidelines after she was struck by a moving police car.

Caroline Welker, a junior at Ohio Wesleyan University, has spent the past few days recovering from numerous injuries.

But, she's thankful no bones were broken.

Authorities say Officer Mark Jackson decided to waive his court appearance and paid a fine.

On the video you can see Jackson's cruiser driving through Delaware just moments before he struck Welker. The department says he was on his way to back-up other officers at a local bar. It shows Jackson turning west on Central Avenue, the camera capturing what happened. It goes on to show Officer Jackson quickly getting out to check on Welker, at the same time calling for backup.

Welker, a junior basketball player for the OWU Battling Bishops is now resting at her parent's home.

Her father, Rex, says she has suffered a bad concussion and remembers nothing about the accident.

"She was dog sitting, and her mother and I thought she was over with the dogs, and to find out, she'd been in the hospital for six hours without anybody getting a hold of us."

Delaware Police Chief Bruce Piganowski, told NBC4 in an email:

The officer involved, Mark Jackson, has been cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian. He fully cooperated with the investigation. Pursuant to standard procedure, a urine sample was collected for analysis, the results of which are still pending. We do not anticipate that alcohol or drugs were any way involved in this incident. He does have a previous caution and counseling for a crash that occurred on November 26, 2013.

With her hardwood career on hold, the Welker family is strictly focused on her recovery, which could take months.

 

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