Upper Makefield Township, Bucks County, PA police officer, Robert Fuchs, barely avoided serious personal injury on Wednesday, February 4, 2009. Officer Fuchs was out of his police cruiser checking on a disabled car parked on the side of the road in the northbound lane of Taylorsville Road between Route 532 and Mount Eyre Road, when he heard another car approaching the scene in the southbound lane.
It was reported that the Upper Makefield police officer jumped over the guide rail and slid down the steep embankment hitting a tree stump resulting in bruised ribs. Officer Fuchs was taken from the scene by Yardley-Makefield Emergency Squad to St. Mary Medical Center. It is unknown whether charges will be filed against the driver of the striking vehicle.
In Bucks County, this is the second car accident in less than a week involving a roadside vehicle stop. On Thursday, January 29, Officer Christopher Jones of the Middletown Township police force was fatally injured after being struck and pinned under his cruiser while walking back to his car after making a Langhorne, Bucks County traffic stop on Route 1.
We advise our clients to be extra careful on Bucks County roads. Due to these recent Bucks County car accidents, police officers, district attorneys, and local judges may be very strict on all Bucks County traffic violations, especially speeding tickets.