A Manchester Police Officer has been released from care after suffering minor injuries when his patrol car was struck on Thursday morning, around 8:49 am, at the intersection of Commonwealth Boulevard and Pemberton Street in the Pine Lake Park section of town.

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The driver of the police vehicle, Stephen Hankins, 41, was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center for treatment of his injuries sustained in the crash and has since been discharged.

Hankins was heading west on Commonwealth Boulevard in the 2017 Manchester Police Ford Explorer approaching the intersection at Pemberton Street when it was struck by a 2006 Chevy Cobalt which was heading south on Pemberton approaching Commonwealth.

Manchester Police said that Pemberton Street is controlled by a stop sign at the intersection with Commonwealth Boulevard and the driver of the Cobalt, 24-year old Candy Mannix of Manchester, told officers that she never saw the police vehicle before making the turn onto the intersection.

Mannix was treated for injuries sustained in the crash at the scene by Manchester EMS but refused further medical treatment.

This crash is being investigated by Sergeant Paul Bachovchin of the Manchester Police Traffic Safety Unit.

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