Police: man injured when hit by cruiser

UPDATE Sept. 4: The Paducah Police Department today released a correction about a news release it sent in which a pedestrian "walked into the side of a police cruiser."

Police say that, after review of the statement given by the captain driving the cruiser, the captain was stopped on North 16th Street waiting to turn left on Broadway Street when he waved for a woman standing on the corner to cross the street. She declined, and the captain waited for a truck to pass on Broadway. 

He then pulled from 16th Street and hit the man, who is named in the original story below, with the front of his cruiser. The captain said he hadn’t previously seen the man and doesn’t know which direction he came from. 

ORIGINAL STORY Sept. 3: A McCracken County man was injured Thursday afternoon when, the Paducah Police Department says, he walked into the side of a police cruiser on Broadway Street. 

The police department says Capt. George Johnson reported he was stopped on North 16th Street while waiting to turn left onto Broadway. Johnson said he saw a man standing on the corner and, as Johnson turned left, the man stepped off the curb and into the left side of Johnson’s car. According to the police report, there was damage to the left side of Johnson’s cruiser. 

Police say the man, 56-year-old William Berger, was taken to Baptist Health Paducah for treatment of possible injuries to his hip and leg.

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