A Prince George's County Police patrol officer is hospitalized with serious injuries after he was hit by a minivan Thursday and trapped under the vehicle.
The injured officer is 26-year-old Bashua Olaseha. He is currently listed in serious condition at Prince George’s Hospital Center, police said Friday.
Police say three patrol officers were at a traffic stop shortly before 9 a.m. on Pennsylvania Avenue near Walters Lane in Forestville. Officers spotted a black minivan heading in their direction and all three tried to jump out of the way, but the minivan struck Olaseha.
He was trapped under the minivan for several minutes before
first responders were able to free him. Several police officers helped the
Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department lift the vehicle off Olaseha, who
was flown to Prince George's Hospital Center.
Police have not identified the driver of the minivan or said if charges have been filed.
On Friday morning the department said on its Facebook page that Olaseha’s condition is stable and improving.
“We want to thank you all once again for your overwhelmingly support for our injured officer,” the Facebook message says. “Police Officer Bashua Olaseha remains in serious but stable condition. He is showing signs of improvement. Thank you again for all the well wishes. We will pass those along to Police Officer Olaseha and his family.”
Olaseha is assigned to the District III station in Palmer
Park; he has worked for the department for a year and a half.
The PGPD's Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit is investigating what caused the accident. Anyone who may have witnessed this collision is asked to call 301-731-4422.