Cop hit by truck, avoids major injuries

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Gwinnett County Police Department motorcycle officer escaped major injury Tuesday morning when a pickup truck slammed into him on Ga. Highway 316.

Fabrice Muret, 39, a six-year veteran of Gwinnett police, suffered only a knee injury requiring stitches after the 10:21 a.m. accident on Ga. Highway 316.

"Fortunately, he has no broken bones and is expected to recover," Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Illana Spellman said.

Police said drivers who spotted the officer and slowed abruptly caused the collision.

The officer was positioned in the "gore" - a triangular tract of land - of Ga. Highway 316 near Riverside Parkway, enforcing traffic on the westbound lanes of the highway with a speed detection device, Spellman said.

As drivers slowed, the driver of a white Cadillac in the right hand lane lost control of the vehicle and struck the rear quarter panel of the truck in the left lane. The truck spun across the gore and struck the officer, Spellman said.

Muret was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center for treatment.

Spellman said investigators were unsure if criminal charges would be brought against the drivers involved.

"The investigation is in its infancy," she said Tuesday afternoon.

The crash tied up westbound traffic on Ga. Highway 316 until about noon as accident investigators surveyed the area.