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Updated: 12:43 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 | Posted: 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013

Kettering police officer involved in crash ID'd

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A Kettering police officer on a motorcycle was involved in a crash on Ohio 48 in Washington Twp. on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013. He was not seriously injured.

By Breaking News Staff

WASHINGTON TWP., Montgomery County —

A Kettering police officer is "doing just fine" following an accident Wednesday afternoon on Far Hills Avenue near Interstate 675.

The officer, Kent Tischler, a Kettering Police Department veteran of more than 10 years, suffered minor injuries when the police unit motorcycle he was on collided with a minivan that failed to yield the right of way, said Officer John Davis, Centerville police public information officer.

Davis said a preliminary investigation shows that the officer was headed north, in the right lane, on Far Hills (State Route 48). Traffic in the left lane, headed in the same direction, was backed up because of construction along Far Hills.

A driver in the left lane motioned for a car to come across traffic to get on the entrance ramp to Interstate 675, Davis said, but did so without looking to see whether the right lane was clear.

The officer, who was on his way back to Kettering from another location, could not avoid the collision, Davis said.

Kettering police officials said the officer, who was taken to a hospital as a precaution, is doing fine.

The van did turn left in front of the motorcycle, so the preliminary investigation showed the van failed to yield, Davis said.

The driver of the van, who has not been identified by name, is scheduled to be arraigned in Kettering Municipal Court on Nov. 7 at 9 a.m.

Traffic in the area just north of Loop Road remained backed up late Wednesday afternoon because of the construction, which involved guard rail replacement.

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