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Thorpe officer remains hospitalized

Published December 05. 2011 05:03PM

A Jim Thorpe police officer, who was struck by a car on Wednesday, Nov. 30, while directing traffic along SR209 in Nesquehoning, remains hospitalized.

Officer Joseph David is still a patient at the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, where he was flown by Medevac helicopter following the incident that occurred about 5:28 p.m. David reportedly underwent surgery for a leg injury and suffered abrasions and contusions in the incident.

State police at Lehighton, who are in charge of the investigation, identified the driver of the vehicle which struck David as Robert Monroe, 51, of Albrightsville. He was operating a 2002 Saturn.

Troopers said Monroe was taken into custody at the scene and transported to the Lehighton Hospital for a blood test.

Troopers said charges are pending the blood test results.

Monroe told police at the scene that he had taken prescription Percocet earlier in the day.

Troopers said David was out of his police cruiser directing traffic in the northbound lane due to a disabled motorist on the southbound lane.

Flares were lighted in both directions and David's unmarked cruiser had its emergency lights activated and was parked on the southbound side of the road. As David stood in the northbound lane he was struck by Monroe's vehicle, troopers said.

A fundraising effort had been started to help with medical costs for David, who is a part-time officer for the borough and also works for Mahoning Township part time.

Anyone wishing to make a donation can send it to the Mauch Chunk Bank, 1111 North St., Jim Thorpe, Pa. 18229, in care of "Officer David Fund."

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