Meriden Officer, Police Dog Hurt in Crash Outside Hospital

The driver accused of causing the collision has been issued an infraction.

A K-9 officer in Meriden was hospitalized and his police dog taken to the vet Wednesday morning after another vehicle ran a red light and cut off his patrol car, causing a crash near MidState Medical Center, according to police.

Police said K-9 Officer Jason Degumbia was driving southbound on Lewis Avenue around 9:45 a.m. Wednesday when Goin Fabiola ran a red light while getting off Route 691 and trying to reach the entrance of MidState Medical Center.

According to police, Fabiola's BMW "darted in front of" Degumbia and the two cars collided, ending up in snow banks outside the hospital entrance.

Degumbia was hospitalized for treatment of a broken wrist, possible broken elbow and neck and back pain. His police dog, Kilo, was taken to the vet to be checked for injuries and was treated and released.

Fabiola was taken to MidState Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries and was issued an infraction for failure to obey a control signal.

The Meriden Police Department Accident Reconstruction Unit is investigating the collision.

Anyone who witnessed the crash is urged to call the Meriden police Officer Donna Zurstadt at 203-630-6215 or Lt. Thomas Cossette at 203-630-6256.

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