Man injured in LMPD crash sounds off

Man injured in LMPD crash sounds off
Published: Aug. 5, 2017 at 1:21 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 7, 2017 at 1:29 PM EDT
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Kyle Prather (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Kyle Prather (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Ofc. Likins (Source: LMPD)
Ofc. Likins (Source: LMPD)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Just before the crash Kyle Prather remembered hearing a car horn.

"I tensed," he said. "I flinched away from it."

Thursday afternoon, Prather's vehicle was hit by a Louisville Metro Police Department cruiser at the corner of 26th and Madison streets.

The crash spun Prather's car around and sent both him and LMPD officer Timothy Likins to the hospital.

Prather was discharged and the officer is expected to be alright.

"Nothing's broken. Lots of bruising" Prather said. "I'm just glad everybody's OK."

Prather said the cruiser was about two blocks away when he entered the intersection after stopping at a stop sign.

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He guesses the LMPD car was doing around 60 MPH in the 35 MPH zone.

"The impact pushed me almost all the way over into the passenger seat even though I was wearing my seatbelt," he said.

Officer Likins was headed to a break-in call but without lights on, according to LMPD.

"I think if they're on their way to a call and they're going to be traveling in excess of the speed limit then lights and sirens have got to be on," Prather said. "If I had seen that before I had entered the intersection then obviously I would not have gone."

His issue is that the wreck was avoidable.

"I just want my car either fixed or replaced and just get on with my life," he said.

LMPD said its Traffic Unit is investigating.

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