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Delaware City Police are conducting a second internal investigation of a police vehicle hitting a pedestrian.


Officer Greg Bates struck Rachel Parfenchuk, 22, of Powell, around 9:14 p.m. Tuesday as Parfenchuk was crossing William Street at Elizabeth Street.


According to the police report, Parfenchuk was northbound on the east side of the intersection and was struck by Bates, who was driving a police cruiser, as he made a left hand turn from Elizabeth Street onto eastbound William Street. Parfenchuk was crossing with the crosswalk signal and Bates was turning on a green light, the report said.


Parfenchuk denied injury at the scene and refused medical treatment, according to the report.


Bates was cited with failure to yield the right of way in a crosswalk. Delaware Police Chief Bruce Pijanowski said the incident is under internal investigation, part of standard procedure.


The incident follows a Thanksgiving accident in which Officer Mark Jackson struck and injured Caroline Welker, 21, of Delaware around 12:21 a.m. as Welker crossed Central Avenue.


According to the accident report, Jackson was driving north on North Sandusky Street, approaching the intersection of Central Avenue and a green light. Jackson turned left onto West Central Avenue, striking Welker who was crossing northbound in the crosswalk. He reported a speed of 22 mph at the time of the accident; the speed limit in the area is 25 mph.


Welker, an Ohio Wesleyan University junior and women’s basketball player, was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital. Her father, Rex Welker, said she was diagnosed with a severe concussion, and also had some scrapes and bruises, but no broken bones.


Jackson was cited for failing to yield to a pedestrian; he had a previous traffic crash on Nov. 26., and is receiving counseling, according to the police.


Pijanowski said, as standard procedure, an internal investigation is being conducted.


As part of the internal review of this incident, we will be looking at causation that is specific to law enforcement, and what can be done to prevent this in the future,” Pijanowski said. “There is no discipline rendered as the crash is still under internal review.”


After the collision, a urine sample was collected from Jackson; results are still pending. A statement released by the police said it does not appear that alcohol or drugs were a factor in the collision.


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