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Police Officer Hurt in Car Accident at Bellevue Road in Atwater

March 18, 2015- A police officer was injured in a car accident, in Atwater, Wednesday afternoon.  The Merced County automobile collision happened after the patrol car and another vehicle collided.

Officer Dave Sarginson was driving in his police cruiser, responding to call, with his lights and sirens on.  When Sarginson entered the intersection of Bellevue Road and Granite Drive, a 2003 Cadillac attempted to make a left turn and smashed into the patrol car.

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The officer was airlifted to a Modesto hospital.  The condition of his injuries is not known, but he was recently released from the hospital and will likely return to duty next month after recovery.

David Macias Rodriguez, the driver of the Cadillac, suffered injuries to his shoulder.  He was taken to the hospital for treatment.  A five year old girl, who was a passenger in Rodriguez’s vehicle, was not hurt.

If you would like this accident investigated further, please give me a call. Attorney John Rozier, your personal injury lawyer. I specialize in all types of vehicle collisions.  My office is located in Visalia, California, in Tulare County.  Let me help you. 559-713-0159 or online at