Wreckage of collision involving Santa Barbara police motorcycle and sedan.
A Santa Barbara Police motorcycle officer was taken to the hospital Thursday following a collision with a vehicle on Foothill Road. (Santa Barbara Police Department photo)

A Santa Barbara Police motorcycle officer was taken to the hospital following a collision with a vehicle Thursday afternoon.

The crash occurred at about 12:50 p.m. in the 3000 block of Foothill Road, near the intersection with Alamar Avenue, according to police Capt. Marylinda Arroyo.

The officer “was traveling eastbound at about 30 to 35 mph, approaching the intersection of Foothill Road and Alamar Avenue, when a sedan traveling westbound made a left turn directly into the police motorcycle as both vehicles entered the intersection,” Arroyo said.

The officer, whose name was not released, was thrown from the motorcycle, flying over the sedan and landing on the roadway next to the sedan driver’s door, Arroyo said.

The officer suffered moderate injuries, Arroyo said, and was taken by AMR ambulance to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, where he was treated and released.

“The driver of the sedan, a woman in her 20s, was driving with a learner’s permit, and was being observed by an adult male front passenger,” Arroyo said. “She stated she thought she had enough time to safely make the left turn.”

Neither person in the sedan was injured.

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