Cary Police Officer Injured In Motorcycle Crash On NC 55
The North Carolina motorcycle accident took place on NC 55 on Friday afternoon when Penland sped up to pull over a vehicle near Morrisville-Carpenter Road when a pickup truck traveling on the highway made a left turn in front of the officer. Penland was ejected from his motorcycle and landed on the pavement several yards away from the collision.
A 37-year-old nurse, Jessica Eliot, saw the motorbike accident occur and rushed to the man’s aid. She created tunicates for the man, helped him breathe, and directed standers-by until emergency medical responders arrived. The driver of the pickup truck that struck the policeman, 72-year-old Benjamin Rainey, was not injured in the crash although his wife was treated for minor injuries.
Penland, who has been a police officer for eight years in Cary, suffered serious injuries including broken bones and a broken jaw. A fund has been set up to help with the non-medical costs of the man’s accident, such as visits from faraway relatives.