Officers hurt in crash out of hospital
Updated 4:57 pm, Saturday, December 29, 2012
BRIDGEPORT -- The two Bridgeport police officers injured after a car rammed into their cruiser last week have been released from the hospital.
Police Chief Joseph Gaudett Jr. said both officers are continuing their recovery at home.
Officer Roderick Doda, a 10-year veteran, suffered head and neck injuries. Doda was critically injured last year when he fell through a skylight chasing a burglary suspect on Lindley Street.
The two men from the fleeing car were injured as well. Both went to Bridgeport Hospital.
Police identified them as Josue Jimenez, 18, of Bridgeport, and passenger Antonio Lostaunau, 21, of Bridgeport. Lostaunau was given a misdemeanor summons at the hospital for interfering with police and failure to wear a seat belt.
Jimenez is expected to be charged by warrant after the investigation by the police department's traffic division.
Police were responding to the 400 block of Wood Avenue last Tuesday evening on an unrelated call when officers encountered a silver Honda traveling at an extremely high rate of speed. Police tried to catch up to the cat, but it continued to accelerate, running traffic lights and stop signs.
After several turns and multiple violations, the car ended up on Park Avenue northbound. Doda and Schneider were traveling southbound to assist the other officers when the Honda collided with the cruiser. Both vehicles sustained heavy damage.