GREENWOOD, Ind. – An off-duty officer with the Greenwood Police Department was taken to IU Health Methodist after being struck by a vehicle Thursday morning.
Johnson County dispatchers said it happened around 7:30 a.m. while the officer was directing traffic outside Center Grove High School. Patrolman Scott Cottongim was struck by one vehicle and ended up getting hit by a second one.
According to Matthew Fillenwarth, assistant chief and public information officer with the Greenwood Police Department, Cottongim was "pretty banged up" when he was taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. He's in good condition after various scans and x-rays, Fillenwarth said.
Cottingim is a 20-year veteran of the department who has worked off-duty for both Greenwood Schools and Center Grove Schools.
Center Grove Community School Corporation released a statement about the crash:
Officer Cottongim was wearing a traffic vest, using a flashlight, and had the flashing lights on his police car activated at the time of the accident. A vehicle traveling eastbound on Stones Crossing Road struck Officer Cottongim from behind as he was motioning cars into the Center Grove High School parking lot. The impact tossed him into one of the vehicles that was turning. Neither driver was injured.
The Center Grove Police Department is investigating the crash with help from the Johnson County Sheriff's Office.