Sanford police officer seriously hurt during traffic stop

Man who struck cop ticketed for violation of right of way

SANFORD, Fla. - A Sanford police officer on motorcycle was seriously injured Wednesday after being struck while attempting to conduct a traffic stop.

FHP says 20-year-old Timothy Salvino will not be charged after colliding with veteran Sanford police officer Tina Leman.

Jonathan Albarron was one of the first to call 911 after seeing the crash that injured Leman.

"I was in my room and I heard this loud crash. I was shocked, especially considering it happened across the street," said Albarron. "The car looked pretty banged up and the motorcycle was right in front of it."

Leman was flown to Orlando Regional Medical Center where several of her co-workers, including her boss, Chief Cecil Smith, checked up on her.

"She's an expert motorcyclist and she will pull through this very well," said Smith. "We'll make sure she's taken care of."

Leman does have a shoulder injury and some broken bones, but Smith told Local 6 it's Leman's experience on the bike that may have helped save her life.

"She is very much a veteran officer on a motorcycle, which we believe attributed to her not sustaining more serious injuries," Smith said.

Salvino was ticketed for violation of right of way.

Earlier this year, Leman was one of four female motorcycle officers in the country that was honored in an exhibit at the American Police Motorcycle Museum.

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